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Mumbai woman delivers twins in train at Kalyan station

The mother and the newborns have been shifted to a hospital and are safe and healthy.

mumbai Updated: Jul 16, 2018 13:40 IST
Priyanka Dhomse
Priyanka Dhomse
Hindustan Times
Mumbai,woman delivers twins at Kalyan station,woman delivers in train
The mother and the newborns have been shifted to Rukminibai hospital in Kalyan. (Rishikesh Choudhary)

A 30-year-old passenger, a resident of Ghatkopar who was heading to her parents’ home in Hyderabad, gave birth to twins at Kalyan railway station early on Sunday.

Around 7am, Shaikh Salma Tabassum went into labour while she was travelling in a Visakhapatnam-bound train. The train was between Thane and Kalyan stations when her family alerted railway officials.

“By the time the train reached Kalyan station’s platform number 4, Tabassum had already delivered a baby girl. After reaching the station, she delivered a baby boy,” said Aslam Shaikh, 35, Tabassum’s husband, who works as a security guard for a private company in Mumbai.

Tabassum and her husband, residents of Ghatkopar, were going to Hyderabad with her parents and had boarded the 6:55am Visakhapatnam train from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus. She was heading to her parents’ home for delivery; her due date was in August.

“We received the call around 7.35 am that a passenger was in labour,” said Nitin Gaur, police inspector, Kalyan Railway Protection Force (RPF). “A team with women constables and medical staff rushed to platform number 4 of Kalyan station immediately. But by the time the train reached Patri pool, near Kalyan station, at 7.45am, the passenger had already delivered one of the twins, a girl. The baby boy was delivered after the train pulled into the platform at Kalyan station around 8am, with help from the medical staff and two RPF women constables.”

The mother and the newborns have been shifted to Rukminibai hospital in Kalyan. “The babies and their mother are safe and healthy. The twins, a girl and a boy, weigh 2kg each. They will be discharged after two days,” said Dr Avinash Kawale from the hospital.

First Published: Jul 16, 2018 12:02 IST