Vipin Khadse, a 24-year-old MBBS student, stepped in to save the day on the Ahmedabad-Puri Express by helping deliver the baby of a woman who had suddenly gone into labour.
And he was aided by WhatsApp.
Vipin had been traveling in the train when a guard and the ticket collector went from one compartment to the next in search of a doctor on board.
When they made the rounds a second time, he realised that they hadn’t been able to find a doctor and he had to step in to help.
Photo source: Facebook
The woman in labour had run into complications and was bleeding profusely. The passengers also cleared the entire compartment in order to give the parents, both of whom are labourers, some privacy.
Vipin, having taken charge to help deliver the baby, then took to a WhatsApp group of doctors in order to solicit their expert advice on how he could proceed. Speaking to Times of India, Vipin notes, “The delivery was complicated because instead of the head, the baby’s shoulder was hanging out of the vagina. I uploaded a photo in a WhatsApp group of doctors for help. A senior resident Shikha Malik guided me on the phone to conduct the delivery.”
He then used chilled water bottles in order to stop the bleeding. Thankfully there was a midwife also on the train who ended up helping him and together they safely delivered a healthy baby. Once the train entered the Nagpur train station, a female doctor from the railway hospital entered the compartment in order to provide medical attention to the new mother and baby.
A student of Government Medical College & Hospital in Nagpur, Vipin has expressed that he wants to become a surgeon and took to Facebook to recount the incident.
The Facebook post can be found here