Woman gives birth on fast train
She is barely a few hours old but she already knows what it is like to travel by Mumbai’s local trains during peak hours. She was born on one of them. Kariamma Pandari, a resident of Ambivli in Thane district, delivered a healthy girl on a fast train between Kalwa and Thane around 10 am on Thursday.mumbai Updated: Nov 12, 2010 02:39 IST
She is barely a few hours old but she already knows what it is like to travel by Mumbai’s local trains during peak hours. She was born on one of them. Kariamma Pandari, a resident of Ambivli in Thane district, delivered a healthy girl on a fast train between Kalwa and Thane around 10 am on Thursday.
Thirty-year-old Pandari started experiencing labour pains on Wednesday but when she went to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital in Kalwa she did not deliver and was sent home.
“The hospital doctors suggested I get a caesarean done but I refused because I was scared. I wanted a normal delivery,” said the daily wage labourer, who works at a construction site with her husband.
“We were sent home but my labour pains continued so we decided to visit the hospital again today [on Thursday],” she said.
Pandari boarded a fast train with her husband, sister and sister-in-law at 10am. They mistakenly got into the general first class compartment.
“When the train was in between Kalwa and Thane, she started developing contractions. We held a blanket around her to obstruct the view from other passengers and helped her give birth,” Pandari’s sister, Mariamma, 40, said.
One of the passengers called the railway helpline. “When the train halted at Thane railway station, a woman police officer was waiting for us,” Mariamma said.
A woman assistant sub-inspector, NH Mulani, helped Pandari get admitted to the Thane civil hospital.
“The station master made an announcement that a woman had delivered in the train. We were waiting on the platform with a stretcher and took her to the hospital the minute the train arrived,” Mulani said.
Doctors at the hospital said the mother and the baby were fine. Pandari had delivered her first baby, also a girl, at home. “I would have liked for this little one to have been born in hospital but I am happy she is fine,” Pandari said.
While the parents ponder over names for the little one, the staff at the hospital has already given her one: “trainwaali baby”.