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Friday, February 29, 2008

Pooping out a baby

There are elements of both disgust and amazement in this story. I bolded two lines in the story - one that amazes me and another that's a disgusting reality of India.
AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) - A newborn baby girl survived an ignoble birth after slipping down the toilet bowl of a moving Indian train onto the tracks when a pregnant woman unexpectedly gave birth while relieving herself on Tuesday.

"My delivery was so sudden," said the Bhuri Kalbi, the mother of the infant, born two months prematurely. "I did not even realize that my child had slipped from the hole in the toilet."

Kalbi, a 33-year-old woman from a village in Rajasthan, fainted on the toilet seat after the birth for a few minutes before waking up and alerting her family.

"They stopped the train and ran on the tracks to find the baby," she said, speaking from her hospital bed in the western city of Ahmedabad.

Railway staff at a nearby station were alerted and soon found the newborn girl lying uninjured on pebbles by the track. She is now in intensive care because of her premature birth, doctors said.

Most toilets on Indian trains are filthy chutes emptying directly onto the tracks.


Blogger -V- declared,

Much can be done to love the amazing people who live in this beautiful country - the birthplace of our daughter. If you're moved with compassion in reading this story, please visit my site for a link to a ministry devoting hands and hearts to making a difference here. Thanks.

2/29/2008 10:41 PM  
Blogger Joey declared,

Thanks Vonda, that's a shameless plug I can wholeheartedly support! :)

2/29/2008 11:13 PM  

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