Monday 21 October 2019

Irish Rail to give 25 years' free travel to baby girl born on train with help of passengers

Only had a pair of gloves: Dr Alan Devine, from Donegal, was on the train and was on hand to help with the birth
Only had a pair of gloves: Dr Alan Devine, from Donegal, was on the train and was on hand to help with the birth

Gabija Gataveckaite

Irish Rail will give 25 years' free travel to the baby girl born on the Galway to Dublin train yesterday afternoon.

With the help of an off-duty doctor, two nurses and an American tourist, a woman gave birth on the 3.05pm train travelling from Galway to Heuston, Dublin.

A spokesperson for Irish Rail has now confirmed that the baby girl will receive free travel for the next 25 years.

"Mother and baby are still recovering and we are mindful of their privacy, but we will make arrangements for free travel for the child up to the 25-year mark," a spokesperson for Irish Rail said. "We haven't made contact with the mum yet as we are very respectful of her privacy."

The baby was delivered at Kildare Station after a stop off of 80 minutes. The woman went into labour shortly after the train departed Galway.

Nurse Ellen Kennedy (23) was one of the heroes who came to the woman's aid on the train. Speaking to the Irish Independent, the Carlow woman said she was changing trains in Kildare when she noticed a commotion.

"There was already a nurse there and the doctor arrived 10 minutes later but the mum did all of the hard work," she said.

The newly qualified nurse works in University Hospital Galway and said that her only training was a week at a labour ward at college.

"It's great experience to bring a new life into the world," she added.

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

"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 earphone out and asked the woman next to me what the delay was," he said.

He rushed along to help the woman, who already had some helpers. "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."

The ambulance crew arrived almost immediately after the delivery, and the baby was wrapped in the American tourist's blanket. The mother and baby were then taken to Coombe Hospital.

"It was very unexpected, it's not the norm for me at all as I'm just a GP," Dr Devine said.

Irish Independent

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