Even in the times when technology has made notable progress, it would be difficult to imagine if doctors can use that technology in a train to deliver a baby. For Indians, it is a fictional incident which can be easily portrayed in a movie, for instance Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots.
But, for 22-year-old Dr Vipin Khadse who was travelling in Ahmedabad-Puri Express on April 7, delivering a baby in train has become a surprising reality.
Dr Khadse, an intern from Nagpur’s medical college who has just completed his MMBS, and has never assisted a delivery in his career performed a delicate and complicated delivery procedure while on board the train. He not only saved life of the 24-year-old woman, but also saved the baby who would have lost its life without his timely and alert intervention.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra Dr Khadse said, “I was terrified and my feet started shaking. All I thought asked myself was how could I do this? Delivering a baby is impossible and for a few seconds, I went numb.”
But, to his surprise other passengers in the train had pinned hopes on him as he was the only doctor available.
“Luckily, I had the surgical equipment with me. So, I gathered my composure and delivered the baby,” says Dr Khadse, adding that he is glad that both mother and baby are doing fine.
Delivering a baby on board is nothing new. But, the way Dr Khadse carried out the delivery without any expert knowledge on the subject.
“When I had a look at the lady, she was unconscious. The baby had a shoulder presentation (means baby’s shoulder was visible) and the mother was into labour pain and she had lost her strength; the blood pressure was going down,” said Dr Khadse.
As an intern, with having no experience in delivering babies as he had not assisted a delivery procedure, Dr Khadse was caught unawares in the middle of the chaos.
“But, it was the moment when I was sure that I have to do it, else their lives were in danger,” he said.
Confused on what to do, the young doctor resorted to WhatApp.
“I took photographs and posted it in doctors’ group. The idea worked as I started receiving messages. At least 10 to 15 resident doctors from paediatric and gynaecology department were in constant touch with me and helped me throughout the delivery process,” said the 22-year-old.
Even though Dr Khadse delivered the baby, it did not cry,
“I asked my senior colleagues and finally gave mouth-to-mouth assistance. And, throughout the process, I kept telling myself that I can do it. The only thoughts in my mind ongoing at that moment were, you are so close to it and you will do it,” said Dr Khadse.
Meanwhile, speaking to My Medical Mantra, a resident from Nagpur medical college who was assisting Dr Khadse over WhatsApp, said, “It was around 11am when Vipin had posted a message on WhatsApp. I still remember that we were constantly in touch on the app. He was in panic mode but my colleague Dr Shikha from gynaecology department and me guided him. In the end we are proud of what he has done.”
Praising Vipin, the doctor said with barely a month into his internship, he has done a commendable job.
“He has saved two precious lives as he used all his MBBS knowledge and performed a very complicated delivery,” she said.
Dr Khadse owes the unbelievable feat to his seniors who motivated him through the mobile phone while he carried out the procedure.
“In 3 Idiots, Aamir’s character Rancho had performed a delivery, even when he was not a doctor. But, in my case, I am a doctor and as a result, my colleagues have started calling me a gynaecologist and it means a lot to me. However, saving life is what we as doctors are taught and I just did my duty,” signs off Dr Khadse.