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27-year-old gives birth on Metro

A 27-year-old woman, who went into an early labour on way to hospital, gave birth to a baby girl with the help of women co-passengers on a Delhi Metro train on Sunday morning.

delhi Updated: Jul 23, 2012 01:31 IST
Subhendu Ray

A 27-year-old woman, who went into an early labour on way to hospital, gave birth to a baby girl with the help of women co-passengers on a Delhi Metro train on Sunday morning.

“This surely is first of its kind incident for Delhi Metro, and possibly for any metro in the world,” said Anuj Dayal, spokesperson of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

A resident of Itmadpur village in Badarpur, Juli Devi was on way to the Safdarjung Hospital for a checkup with her husband, three-year-old daughter and brother-in-law.

As the train left the Khan Market station at around 7.20am, Devi went into labour. Hearing her cries, women co-passengers asked other commuters to de-board at the Central Secretariat station, the next stop, and turned the last coach of train, which wasn't crowded, into a delivery room.

“One of the women with some medical knowledge took the lead and ensured a safe delivery,” Dayal said. The baby was born at 7.28am. DMRC officials called an ambulance and the mother and the new-born were shifted to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

“We were not at all prepared for this. Her gynaecologist had said the delivery date was 10 days away,” Devi's brother-in-law Sanjit Kumar said. “But everything went off well, thanks to the women commuters and Metro officials.”