Woman gives birth to girl in train toilet

A 22-year-old woman from Assam gave birth to a baby girl in the toilet of the Howrah-Guwahati Saraighat Express, with help from a dozen-odd women co-passengers who cordoned off the area and played the role of nurses.

By Snehamoy Chakraborty in Rampurhat
  • Published 15.10.17
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Rampurhat, Oct. 14: A 22-year-old woman from Assam gave birth to a baby girl in the toilet of the Howrah-Guwahati Saraighat Express, with help from a dozen-odd women co-passengers who cordoned off the area and played the role of nurses.

Within half-an-hour of the birth, RPF jawans admitted the baby and her mother Ayesha Begum to Rampurhat Sub-divisional Hospital. Doctors there ruled out any complications from the birth and said that the delivery was handled well.

The father of the girl, Sajid Ahmed - a 25-year-old mobile phone technician from Assam's Dhola Ghat - said he would name her daughter Afreen, which means beautiful and fortunate.

Sajid, Ayesha and their 18-month-old daughter Aliya were travelling to Guwahati from Howrah when his wife asked for his help to go to the toilet around 8.30am. She started screaming in pain as soon as she was inside.

Sajid forced the door open and found Ayesha lying on the floor of the toilet and writhing in pain. He cried out to his co-passengers for help.

"Over a dozen women came up to assist her. They told me calmly that they will take care of my wife and asked me not to worry. Four of them said they would help her deliver the baby safely....," said Sajid. "They came as angels. We will forever remain indebted to them."

The women brought out clothes and water bottles from their luggage and cordoned off the area within minutes. "By 9am, our second daughter was born," Sajid said.

The Railway Protection Force personnel - who had tried in vain to find a doctor among the passengers - had informed the ticket examiners, who in turn intimated the nearest Rampurhat police station. As soon as the train reached Rampurhat at 9.38am, a doctor attended to the mother and child.

"What the women did was remarkable. From what we know, none had any prior experience of such nursing," said a police officer.