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108 responds to SOS, helps deliver baby in Mumbai local train

When a pregnant woman onboard a local began experiencing labour pain, the train was halted at Borivli and the stationmaster dialed 108 for the state’s ambulance service

Prompt response by the state’s emergency ambulance service helped a pregnant woman deliver safely while she was onboard the Nallasopara-Churchgate train on Friday afternoon. Around 12 pm, Sushma Navraj Gurang (23), a resident of Nallasopara, boarded the train to visit her doctor in Santacruz for a check up. Gurang, who was nine months pregnant, suddenly began to feel intense labour pain.

Dr Tousif Nadaf helped Gaurang deliver in the luggage compartment of the train, after the Borivli station master dialed 108 for help. The mother and newborn were shifted to KCL Bhansali Mahanagar Palika Maternity Home post delivery. Pic/Nimesh Dave
Dr Tousif Nadaf helped Gaurang deliver in the luggage compartment of the train, after the Borivli station master dialed 108 for help. The mother and newborn were shifted to KCL Bhansali Mahanagar Palika Maternity Home post delivery. Pic/Nimesh Dave

Help from all quarters
When the train reached Borivli, passengers in the coach informed the stationmaster of the situation. The train was halted at platform 3, and the stationmaster dialed 108 to call for an ambulance from the state’s emergency medical services (EMS).

The doctor from the emergency services arrived promptly, and helped Gurang deliver the baby in the luggage compartment in which she had been travelling. The delivery procedure went on for 20 minutes, after which the baby's birth was recorded at 12.02 pm. The doctor, Tousif Nadaf said, “The stationmaster had informed me about her labour pain, and I arrived on the spot. The baby weighed 3.1 kg, and the mother was stable.”

Post delivery, the mother and newborn were shifted to KCL Bhansali Mahanagar Palika Maternity Home, in Borivli (West). Gurang’s sister-in-law, Sita, said, “Her delivery date was scheduled for the 26th of this month, but last night she started complaining about pain and some fluid discharge. I told her to come to my house in Santacruz, after which we were supposed to see the doctor. But later I was told that she delivered the baby in the train itself.”

A medical officer at the maternity home said, “The mother is stable now. The child seemed oxygen-deprived, and hence we have kept the baby under observation in an incubator with oxygen support. If the need arises, we might shift the baby to NICU ward at some other hospital.”

Lady constables, Varsha Dhanaji Chavan and Pallavi Nyandev Kumbhar were present on the spot during the incident. “The doctor arrived on time after the station master informed him about the incident, and everything went smoothly. Later we shifted both the mother and baby to BMC’s maternity home in Borivli, where the doctors are taking care of them.”

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