After the delivery, the mother crossed the flooded road to reach an ambulance and get shifted to a hospital.

Telangana woman delivers baby in auto-rickshaw as flooded road leaves her strandedImage for representation
news News Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 08:00

Stranded on a flooded road and left with no other choice, a 20-year-old pregnant woman in Telangana delivered a baby in an auto-rickshaw.

The incident occurred in Charla mandal of Bhadradri Kothagudem district on Monday.

PTI reported that the woman was travelling to the nearby Primary Health Centre (PHC) but had to stop on the Kunrapalli-Charla road, as it was flooded due to heavy rains that had lashed the area on Sunday.

Even an ambulance that was called, was stuck on the other side of the road, and could not make it past a flooded stream. 

"It was a premature delivery. She delivered a low-weight baby. In view of low weight, the baby has been shifted to the special newborn care unit," District Medical and Health Officer Dr Dayanand Swamy told PTI.

The news agency reported that she carried the baby in her arms and crossed the flooded stretch, following which the ambulance rushed her to a local government hospital. 

This comes less than a month after a woman in Hyderabad, delivered a baby in an auto-rickshaw, outside the labour ward of the Gandhi Hospital.

According to reports, the woman, a resident of Attaguda in Secunderabad was forced to deliver inside the vehicle as the hospital staff kept asking for money to bring her a stretcher and none of them came forward to help her. 

She was later admitted to the hospital on 'humanitarian grounds'.

"Although her delivery was not under us as she had already delivered at the hospital gate, we took her inside the hospital later and we are taking care of the baby. The mother said that she did not start immediately for the hospital after getting labour pains. Looks like she could not understand that it was labour pain and she also got delayed on the way," Dr Shravan Kumar, the hospital superintendent told TOI at the time.