Final-year MBBS student uses WhatsApp to help deliver baby on moving train

10th Apr 2017
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Vipin Khadse, a final-year MBBS student of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Nagpur, did something straight out of the iconic Aamir Khan movie 3 Idiots when he helped a woman deliver her child on a moving train, with the help of his seniors. He used WhatsApp as a mode of communication when the woman started having labour pains when the Ahmedabad to Puri Express was 30 km away from Nagpur Railway Station.

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The 24-year-old woman was travelling to Raipur along with her husband and relatives. The woman's relatives unsuccessfully pulled the chain, and the guard and ticket collector were intimated about the situation. The train crew then tried to find a doctor on the train. Vipin, who was initially hesitant because of his lack of experience, finally decided to help the woman. He contacted his seniors from college through WhatsApp and got in touch with a lady doctor who assisted him through the entire process. He also had help from a midwife travelling on the same train.

Speaking with the Times of India, Vipin said,

The ticket collector and guard were looking for a doctor on the train. Initially, I kept quiet, presuming there could be some experienced doctor. But, when they came for a second round of inquiry, I offered to help. 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.

 

Vipin even posted it on Facebook as to how he managed to do this.

Here is the post:

Despite the extremely tense atmosphere all around the compartment until the end of the delivery process, the passengers heaved sighs of relief once the baby was born. Once the train reached Nagpur Railway Station, a medical team along with a lady doctor joined in and the woman continued on her journey with medical support throughout.

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