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Baby slips through toilet chute, survives

A lady delivers a baby boy in the toilet of a moving train. The new-born slips through the hole in the pan and falls on the tracks. But she finds him unhurt — all happening in the night. Rakeeb Hossain reports.

kolkata Updated: Oct 08, 2009 00:50 IST
Rakeeb Hossain

A lady delivers a baby boy in the toilet of a moving train. The new-born slips through the hole in the pan and falls on the tracks. But she finds him unhurt — all happening in the night.

The mother is injured while jumping off the train to save her baby, but not in a major way. This happened on Tuesday after 10 pm on the Tata-Chapra Express while it was passing through West Bengal’s Purulia district, about 250 km north-west of Kolkata.

Rinku Debi Ray (28), in an advanced stage of pregnancy, went to the toilet, where she felt pain in the abdomen and delivered.

When the child fell through the pan on the tracks, the lady jumped off the running train to save her baby and fell on the ground.

Though injured, she was up on her feet and started running in the direction opposite to the one in which the train was moving. Her husband pulled the emergency chain to stop the train and other passengers immediately raised an alarm.

By the time the train came to a halt, it had travelled 2 km. “We got off the train and started looking for my wife. After an hour, we found Rinku sitting beside the track with the baby in her lap,” said husband Bhola Ray (33), a businessman from Rourkela.

The mother and the child were brought back to the train. When the train reached Purulia station, the station manager, who was already informed about the incident by the train’s guard on the phone, arranged to have the mother and child sent to the Purulia district hospital. Rinku Debi Ray is recovering there.

The couple were travelling with their four-year-old daughter to Chapra district (70 km west of Patna), where Rinku Debi Ray was supposed to stay with her mother till delivery.