New born survives after fall from the train

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A new born baby survives miraculously after fall from train....

Newborn falls off train, survives - Kolkata - City - The Times of India

Newborn falls off train, survives
TNN 8 October 2009, 01:15am IST

KOLKATA/PURULIA: Here is a born survivor. A baby, born in a train toilet, slipped through the filthy discharge chute onto the tracks. The distraught mother flung herself from the speeding train in complete darkness to rescue her baby. They were both found a few minutes later, shaken but alive.

This was the second time in one-and-a-half years, that such a miracle has taken place. On February 28, 2008, a newborn girl survived a fall from a train toilet in Gujarat. After toying with the names Jodhaa (valour) and Karishma (miracle), her parents named her Radha.

Rinku Debi Roy and her husband Bhola haven't decided on a name for their little braveheart yet.

Thirty-two-year-old Rinky and Bhola (34) boarded the S2 compartment of the Up Tata-Chhapra Express from Tatanagar along with their two-year-old daughter Muskaan on Tuesday night. Rinky was at the end of her pregnancy and Bhola, a native of Orissa's Sundergarh, wanted to get her admitted to a hospital in Sapur near Chhapra, where he works as a contractor.

When the train neared Gamariah station around 10.30pm, Rinku went to the loo. She delivered the child while squatting in the toilet. Before she could realize what had happened, the little figure had slipped from the birth canal and through the toilet. Rinku rushed out in panic, opened the door of the compartment and flung herself out.

Bhola was unaware of the goings-on but a few passengers and hawkers, who saw the woman jump, pulled the chain believing she was trying to commit suicide. The train stopped nearly a kilometre away. Only then did Bhola realize something was wrong. When he could not find Rinky in any of the toilets, he feared the worst and joined a hundred or so passengers, who had already started a search. In the dark, they saw Rinku sitting beside the tracks clutching her newborn.

``All this happened in the middle of nowhere. Railway officials on the train decided to take Rinku and the child to Purulia (about 70km away),'' a South Eastern Railway official in Kolkata said.

When the train reached Purulia at 12.25am, a medical team was ready. Rinku and the child were examined by the doctor and sent to a hospital. ``This was a miracle. I have never seen anything like this in years of service,'' said station manager Shyama Prasad Mukherjee.

Doctors at Deben Mahato Sadar Hospital were no less amazed. They could not believe that the child and his mother had survived falls from a speeding train.

``Both are in good health. We shall keep them under observation for 24 hours. If no complications arise, they will be released,'' said Dr Swapan Sarkar, hospital superintendent.

Little Muskaan is being taken care of by the hospital staff. As for Bhola, he is on cloud nine. ``I still cannot believe it. When I realized Rinku had jumped out of the train, I gave up all hope of seeing her alive. I can only thank god for keeping my family intact, with a bonus,'' he said.
 

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The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Nation | Mom snatches baby from death, dad loses mobile

Mom snatches baby from death, dad loses mobile

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Bhola Rai and Rinku with their baby
(extreme left) at the Purulia hospital.
Picture by Mita Roy


Purulia, Oct. 8: Bhola Rai’s wife and their newborn were safe even after a fall from a running train. But not his mobile and cash.

The man whose wife jumped out of the train after her baby delivered in the toilet fell through the chute on Tuesday night today found somebody had stolen his mobile and Rs 3,000 from his pockets.

Bhola was sleeping at the Purulia hospital where wife Rinku and their baby had been kept for observation after their miraculous survival. He woke up this morning to find both items gone.

There were around 10 other persons spending the night in the shed meant for patients’ relatives at the Debendra Mahato District Hospital.

“Some miscreant must have taken my phone and money. I’m in a fix as I won’t be able to buy the required medicines. I won’t also be able to contact my relatives in Orissa or Bihar as most of the numbers were stored in my phone,” the worried father said.

The couple from Orissa’s Sundergarh were going to Jhajha in Bihar on the Tata-Chhapra Express with their four-year-old daughter when Rinku delivered the baby in the toilet. Doctors said it was a case of precipitate labour.

But succour for Bhola after the theft came quicker than he may have expected. The hospital authorities and railway officials at Purulia, where the family was brought after the fortuitous escape, and a few local youth organisations played Good Samaritans. It helped that the Rais were already famous, their escape story filling channels and news pages.

Purulia station manager S.P Majumdar, who had arranged treatment for the mother and the baby immediately after their arrival here, today told the Rais they could stay at the furnished waiting room as long as they were in town. “We will also make all travel arrangements for them when they leave,” he said. The joint secretary of the railwaymen’s union (Purulia unit) offered Bhola fruits and money. Volunteers of the DYFI, the CPM youth wing, chipped in with medicines.

Doctors had said yesterday that they needed to keep the baby boy — who didn’t even have a scratch on his body despite the fall —under observation for 48 hours.

“When the father said he wanted to continue with his journey to Jhajha, we initially agreed to let them go but then had second thoughts. We weren’t sure whether the baby had suffered internal injuries after it fell on the tracks,” said hospital superintendent Swapan Sarkar.

It will be careless if the checks aren’t done, he suggested. “If the baby could live virtually unscathed through the fall, it will be bad if oversights in medical procedure harm the baby in any way. So we have decided to form a medical board headed by paediatrician Tushar Dutta,” Sarkar said.
 

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