Helped by doctor on video call, women help neighbour deliver boy

Published: Jul 31, 2020, 10:27 IST | IANS | Bengaluru

On Sunday, Pathepur was going to the washroom when she unexpectedly went into labour and her foetus had already come out a little by then

Photo used for representational purposes
Photo used for representational purposes

A group of seven women with no medical knowledge in Karnataka's Haveri district have helped a woman deliver a baby boy in an emergency situation, guided by a doctor on video call.

"Seven of us helped our neighbour Vasavi Pathepur deliver a baby boy successfully, guided by gynaecologist Priyanka Mantagi," Jyoti Madi of Hangal village, 370 km northwest of Bengaluru, told IANS.

On Sunday, Pathepur was going to the washroom when she unexpectedly went into labour and her foetus had already come out a little by then.

As a complete lockdown was being observed across the state, the nearest government hospital was not accessible as an ambulance was not readily available, creating an emergency situation.

"At this juncture, we gathered together and were deciding what to do when one of our sisters remembered her childhood friend Mantagi, currently pursuing MD in gynaecology in KIMS Hubli, and we contacted her," said Madi.

Fortunately, Mantagi was available when she was contacted though she has been extremely busy discharging Covid duties.

"Mantagi suggested that she would make a video call and guide us through the process for a safe delivery, resulting in the birth of the baby boy," said an elated Madi.

Following the gynaecologist's directions, the women managed the delivery. After the procedure, the ambulance arrived to take the mother and baby to a hospital.

In her first delivery, Pathepur had given birth to a baby girl through C-Section. "We have not done anything great. It is all God's grace," said Madi.

While many people are connecting the video call delivery to a similar incidence shown in the Aamir Khan starrer hit flick "Three Idiots", which released more than a decade ago, Madi said it was a movie whereas they did it in real life.

Madi has completed her engineering and lives in Bengaluru. Currently she is at her mother's home in the village because of the Covid-induced lockdown.

The other six women who were involved in the delivery are Ankita Vedambhattanavar, an MCA graduate from Bengaluru, Madhulika Desai, advocate, Madhuri Kamanahalli, Vijayalaxmi Joshi and Mukta Kamanahalli, homemakers, and Shivaleela Pattara, a government teacher, all from the same village.

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