Andhra Pradesh: Gitam medical student helps woman give birth on moving train | Visakhapatnam News

VISAKHAPATNAM: A final year medical student of Gitam medical college helped a woman give birth to a baby girl on board Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam Duronto Express in the early hours of Tuesday.
Though the delivery was premature, the baby girl and her mother are doing well. This is the first delivery of the 28-year-old woman of Srikakulam.
A 23-year-old K Swathi Reddy of Narasaraopet in undivided Guntur district, who is in her final stage of MBBS training ( and is not a qualified doctor yet) at GIMSR (Gitam Institute of Medical Sciences) performed delivery when the 28-year-old woman of North Andhra region went into labour on the train on Tuesday wee hours.
Swathi told TOI that the incident took place in the Third AC bogie in which she was traveling. “I was worried a lot and also fear gripped because this is the first delivery that I performed on my own. Earlier, I assisted professors in the hospital. Initially, I was worried and also afraid because the placenta had not come out for 45 minutes. I was relieved when the baby came out,” she said.
Labour pains started at around 3.30am and somebody asked for the help of a doctor at 4.40am. The baby was born at 5.35am. The pregnant woman and her husband, who is a private company employee in Hyderabad, were going to their native place Srikakulam as the delivery date was near.
Swathi said that though the delivery was at 5.35am near Annavaram, it took them one and half hours to find a hospital because there were no stoppages between Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam.
“Newborns should be kept in warm conditions. But it was an AC bogie. Passengers gave their blankets wrapped to the child. Many passengers helped a lot in performing delivery by converting the compartment into a makeshift delivery room,” she said.
Finally, 108 ambulance was kept ready at Anakapalli station. The mother and newborn were shifted to NTR government hospital where the baby girl was put in an incubator.
The medical student accompanied the mother and child to the hospital and handed over them to doctors and informed them about premature delivery. The medical student was appreciated by her college mates and also the principal.

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