Wednesday 26 June 2019

Express delivery: Drama as passengers help in birth of baby girl on train

Dr Alan Devine came to the rescue
Dr Alan Devine came to the rescue

Gabija Gataveckaite

A woman gave birth to a baby girl on board a train travelling from Galway to Dublin.

Fellow passengers, including off-duty doctor Alan Devine and two nurses, came to the woman's aid after she went into labour on the 15.05 service from Galway to Heuston Station yesterday.

Dr Devine, a GP from Donegal, was on his way to a conference when the train came to a halt in Co Kildare.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Dr Devine described how it all unfolded: "I was watching the TV show 'Chernobyl' on my phone so I wasn't paying attention but when the train had stopped for a while I took the earphones out and asked the woman next to me what the delay was."

When he realised what was happening, he rushed to assist the mother-to-be.

However, she already had some help from an American nurse, an Irish nurse in her 20s, and another woman who rang for an ambulance.

"The three ladies did extremely well and they helped the lady with the breathing and encouraged her a lot," said Dr Devine.

"I asked the catering lady on the train for a pair of gloves and that was all we had. I wasn't on call so I didn't have any of my stuff with me," he said.

"It was a key moment when the baby came out. It took a couple of seconds but she finally let out a big cry and so we knew everything was OK," he said.

The ambulance crew arrived almost immediately after the delivery, and the mother and baby were then taken to Coombe Hospital in Dublin.

Irish Independent

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