A pregnant 22 year-old woman Sultana Khatun went into labor in the Mumbai local train while traveling from Ambivali to a hospital in Sion. It was around 10:15 pm and the train was stopped for 30 minutes at Dadar station. The doctors were called in from the station who helped Sultana deliver a baby girl.
Sultana was experiencing abdominal pain and was on her way to Nair hospital in Sion on a CST local. Sultana was traveling along with her husband and her mother-in-law. The pain began in Thane and by the time Sultana and her husband reached Dadar, she was not able to stand the pain at all. This was when her husband, Mohammad Irshad, got desperate and started asking for help from the other passengers in the train.
While talking to Mid Day, Mohammad explained in detail about what happened,
My wife was due on March 5 but went into labor on Wednesday afternoon. When we reached Thane, the pain started getting worse and by the time we had reached Dadar, it was unbearable. I asked some women commuters for help and an on-duty police officer pulled the chain to stop the train. With the help of doctors posted at Dadar station, my wife delivered a healthy baby girl. The train was stopped for around 30 minutes. Later, an RPF official took us to Sion hospital. Both my wife and daughter are doing fine.
The delivery took place in the coach that is reserved for handicapped passengers and no one on the train complained or created a scene for the train being stopped for as long as 30 minutes. RPF Inspector Satish Menon also spoke to Mid Day,
The incident took place on platform number 3 and our staff handled the situation well. We took the help of women commuters and doctors at the station.
In all the confusion, Sultana’s husband also forgot all about his mother and left her at the platform. It was only after he reached the hospital that he remembered and went back to pick up his mother from the platform.
In times when everyone has become so busy with their hectic life, it is incredible and amazing to see all the people coming together and helping out a person in need.