A first-year medical student helped to deliver a newborn baby—at a subway station in North London.
The student, 21-year-old Hamzah Selim heard screams at Warren Street station as he was walking home from an anatomy lecture.
“The whole experience was unbelievable. It was such a mad coincidence,” he said, according to the Evening Standard.
As Selim rushed over to the woman, he realized she was giving birth.
“It was just instinct,” he said.
The student had just spent the past few weeks at a neo-natal unit at University College London, the BBC reported. The woman was in “a pool of blood,” but he said when he saw the baby’s head and arms side by side, “all the blood left me in that moment.”
The woman’s sister was there helping to deliver the baby before he arrived. He tried to call someone more qualified to help but found no one was available.
Great work by Hamzah Selim, first-year medical student delivering his first baby at Tube station 👍🏽 https://t.co/2lM17LQw9b
— Mr Shahid Mohammed Sardar 🐝 (@Shahid_MoSardar) January 17, 2019
“I knew a little bit of what to do. I had to lower the woman. I took my jumper off and wrapped the baby in it. I held the baby in horror. It wasn’t responding so I immediately went to the worst possible thought,” he said to the BBC.
He was in “utter panic” when he couldn’t feel the baby’s pulse, but he remembered to test the newborn’s reflexes and rubbed the baby’s cheek.
“It just coughed in my face, and it was the best moment of my life,” he said.
He said the mother was “incredible, she was so strong, and so much more brave than me.”
“The mum did absolutely great given it was the first birth I was involved in outside the textbook,” Salem said to the Evening Standard. The ambulance arrived a few minutes later and the mother and child were taken to hospital.
“We’d like to thank the staff at Warren Street station, who did a fantastic job in assisting the customer who gave birth,” a Transport for London spokesman said to the newspaper. “London Ambulance Service attended and both mother and child were taken to hospital.”
The British Transport Police Network Response said in a tweet, “We’d like to wish a huge congratulations to the mum and her new baby, born today at
#WarrenStreet. We didn’t get there in time to deliver baby, but we still love a #goodnews story”
We’d like to wish a huge congratulations to the mum and her new baby, born today at #WarrenStreet
— BTP NetworkResponse (@BTPNetworkResp) January 15, 2019
Off-Duty Nurse Delivers Baby at Target
In a separate case, an off-duty nurse was “in the right place at the right time” when she noticed a heavily pregnant woman experiencing difficulties in Target in Georgia.
Tanya Saint Preux Picault decided to go shopping in August 2017 and felt fine until she started to go into labor.
“I didn’t think she was going to deliver that fast at first, but then she had a really painful contraction and her water broke. As a labor and delivery nurse I kind of knew what was about to happen,” 24-year-old Caris Lockwood said.
“I really wasn’t nervous,” Lockwood told ABC News. “It was certainly an incredible experience, and [I] truly believe it was one of those moments where God placed the right people in the right place at the right time. I’m grateful that I was there and able to help bring Tanya’s baby into the world.”