Offbeat

By Bilal Kuchay


A medical student helped deliver a baby on a packed train after asking his colleagues for advice on WhatsApp.

Vipin Khadse, 24, jumped into action when an expectant mum had gone into labour.

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But the delivery became complicated when the baby’s shoulders became stuck and Vipin had to seek advice from his mates.

He took a picture and sent it to his fellow final year students who successfully talked him through the procedure and baby and mum are now both healthy.

Vipin said: “I will remember these 30-minutes for rest of my life.

“I felt 1000 times more happy by saving these two lives than I did when I was selected for the medical studies.

“Every doctor should know how to help a woman in labour.”

The birth happened on Friday, when Vipin , in his final stage of MBBS training, was travelling to his Government Medical College & Hospital in Nagpur in western India.

But a ticket inspector came looking for a doctor to help the mum to be.

The 24-year-old woman was travelling with her husband and relatives when the baby started coming out but got stuck at her pelvic bones.

Vipin added: “She was bleeding profusely and was in great pain that made the inspector raise an alarm for a doctor.

“Initially, I kept quiet presuming there could be some experienced doctor but, when they came for a second round of inquiry, I offered to help.”

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As he entered the general compartment of the train, the male passengers vacated the compartment and the women in the train helped him set it up into a makeshift delivery room.

“I thought the woman would be able to deliver the baby normally but then I realised there was a complication as instead of seeing the baby’s head, I noticed his shoulder coming out,” he said.

The quick-thinking student immediately took a picture and uploaded it on a WhatsApp group of senior doctors who jumped in for help giving him important instructions.

“The senior doctors advised me to perform a procedure known as Episiotomy which involves making a surgical incision to help deliver the baby. I was terrified but then there was no other doctor to help and I had to perform the procedure all by myself.

“I had to use chilled water bottles to stop her bleeding. The amniotic fluid had completely dried,” he said.

As the train arrived into Nagpur station, a team led by a woman doctor from the railway hospital took charge of the situation. The new parents were allowed to continue their travel with medication.

Vipin Khadse has now been applauded by his friends and hundreds of people after he shared his experience on social networking site Facebook.

Shoulder Dystocia is a case of obstructed labour where the infant’s shoulders get stuck at mother’s pelvic bones and the baby cannot pass through and if not manipulated on time, can result in fetal demise.