In a heartwarming development, a final year medical student reportedly helped a woman give birth in the Duronto Express and has since been earning praises online. When K Swathi Reddy boarded the Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam Duranto Express, little did she know that she would change the life of a couple forever, and in process, become an internet sensation in her own right.
According to reports, Dr K Swathi Reddy is a final year student and a house surgeon at the Gitaram Institute of Medical Sciences, Visakhapatnam. As luck would have it, she was in the same coach as a 28-year-old pregnant woman who was returning to Visakhapatnam and was accompanied by her husband. As the Duronto Express sped and the journey continued, the 28-year-old pregnant woman started experiencing labour pain.
Soon, scared family members started to seek help from co-passengers in the compartment. To their luck, Swathi came to their rescue who luckily was a surgeon and helped the mother deliver the baby safely.
It should be noted that Swathi did not have the basic instruments for the procedure, and she only made use of some things she carried as her first aid kit. Meanwhile, a 108 vehicle was arranged before the train could arrive at the station, and the story ended on a delightful note.
The Facts of the Matter
A final-year medical student is earning praises by netizens on social media after she helped a 28-year-old pregnant woman deliver a baby in the moving Duronto Express. The medical student, Dr. K Swathi Reddy, is a house surgeon at the Gitaram Institute of Medical Sciences, Visakhapatnam.
On September 12, at around 1.30 am, she boarded the Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam Duranto Express, with no idea that she would be called to her duty in the next few hours.
Pregnant Woman Experiences Labour in Train
In the same compartment, a 28-year-old pregnant woman was also traveling with her husband. As the night progressed, the woman started experiencing labour pains. Worried with the increasing intensity of the pain, and what may happen if the pregnant woman didn’t get medical help, her family started asking for help from other passengers in the compartment.
Dr Swathi Emerges as Saviour
To their good luck, Dr Swathi emerged as a saviour. When the train was between Rajahmundry and Samarlakota, she started assisting the pregnant woman through the delivery. In a The Hindu report, Dr Swathi was quoted saying, “I have noticed prolonged labour and could see the baby’s head descending. Following basic practices and with the help of other women, the baby was delivered.”
Although this was Dr Swathi’s first delivery on her own, somehow fortune favoured her and the woman safely delivered her baby at around 5.35 am.
108 Vehicle on Standby
In the meantime, the passengers and the railway travel ticket examiner had reached out to the medical authorities. Although there was no scheduled stop between Vijaywada to Visakhapatanam, the train was halted at Anakapalli. At the Anakapalli railway station, a 108 vehicle was already waiting for the newborn and her mother.
Soon, the 28-year-old woman was rushed to the NTR Hospital, and Dr Swathi Reddy had decided to accompany the woman and her family. The surgery completed at the hospital and required treatment to the baby was promptly provided.
Netizens Laud Dr Swathi Reddy
Following the incident, netizens on social media applauded Dr Swathi for her service, and congratulated the new mum.
Meet Dr SWATI
Student of GITAM (deemed to be) university's medical college, An Intern
conducted a delivery on a moving #train and delivered a healthy baby girl.
The grateful parents named the baby after her.
— Indian doctor 🇮🇳 (@Indian__doctor) September 14, 2022
K. Swathi Reddy a medical student who was on her way to Visakhapatnam from Secunderabad on Duranto Express helped deliver a baby for a fellow passenger who went into labour suddenly. Kudos to medico. The newborn and the mother are healthy. Wishing the baby a bright future. pic.twitter.com/YNM9b3FK2W
— Managing Director – TSRTC (@tsrtcmdoffice) September 14, 2022
Student of GITAM deemed to be university's medical college, Dr Swati, an intern conducted a delivery on a moving train and delivered a healthy baby girl. The grateful parents named the baby after her. Kudos to Swati, well done.. pic.twitter.com/VbjI9ZoUGO
— Gitanjali Batmanabane (@Gitaaiimsbbsr) September 13, 2022
God bless you Swathi Reddy 🙏
— తోలేటి సుమంత్ (ತೋಲೇಟಿ ಸುಮಂತ್ ) 🇮🇳 (@sumanththoleti) September 14, 2022
— GaneshKumar bera (@BeraGaneshkumar) September 14, 2022