CHENNAI: Soon after the Trivandrum-Chennai Anantapuri Express chugged out of Chengalpattu station on Thursday, an additional passenger joined the others, without a ticket. Usually, such a passenger would have been unwelcome but this one was received with special care. It was a baby boy in a hurry to meet the world.
The 30-year-old mother, Ruba, who was travelling in the general compartment, began getting intense labour pains even as the train began to pick up speed. N Govindaraj, inspector, Railway Protection Force, Chengalpattu, said Ruba delivered the baby around 07:35 am, a few minutes after the train left Chengalpattu station.
Fellow passengers informed the guard and stopped the train. Then, a railway doctor and women constables assisted the mother to a waiting 108 ambulance.
The baby and Ruba, who hails from one of the northern Indian states, was soon shifted to the Chengalpattu Medical College hospital. Dr Gunasekaran, the dean of the hospital, said the condition of both the baby and the mother is stable.
The eventful journey of the Anantapuri Express (train number 16724) led to a slight delay of half an hour in it reaching its final destination, Chennai Egmore station