The personnel of 45 Rashtriya Rifles saved the life of a pregnant woman in the Machail area of Kupwara district by carrying her to a government hospital through an avalanche-prone route on Tuesday.
Seven-month pregnant Atika Begum of Ringbala village developed complications and went into premature labour at 4pm on Tuesday.
"45 RR's medical junior commissioned officer (JCO) naib subedar Prashant Dubey rushed to her village with a quick reaction team," said a Srinagar-based Army spokesman on Thursday.
"To improve the response time, Captain Arjune of 45 RR moved from Dudi to T Sunt village from the other side with an Army ambulance," he added.
"As it was dark, he resuscitated the woman in the headlights of the vehicle. Noticing that the baby's heart rate was dropping and it was distressed, he immediately gave her the necessary medicines and successfully arrested the pre-term labour, saving the lives of mother and child," the spokesman said.
The woman was later taken to Dudi public health centre (PHC), under the supervision of the Army doctor, involving another one-and-a-half hour journey by road made treacherous by snow.
The spokesman added that Army personnel had saved the lives of two women and their newborn babies in the same area on January 5 and 20.