Here’s a wild story, from the Associated Press, February 28:
A newborn girl fell through the toilet in a moving train and onto the tracks moments after her mother gave birth prematurely, surviving nearly two hours before being found….
The infant’s mother, who uses the single name Bhuri, was traveling with relatives… when she went to the bathroom… and unexpectedly gave birth, said Arjun Kumar, her brother-in-law.
“Later, she fell unconscious and the baby fell through the toilet,” he said. “Two stations later, we knocked at the door.”
Bhuri opened the door, soaked in blood….
“When we asked her about what happened, she said the baby had fallen through onto the tracks,” Kumar said.
Toilets on Indian trains usually have holes that open directly onto the tracks….
[R]elatives pulled the train’s emergency brake and notified railway officials. A search was quickly organized, and guards at one of the stations the train had passed soon found the baby.
“She was on the rail track for almost 1-1/2 to two hours,” said Dr. Gautam Jain, a pediatrician at Rajasthan Hospital… where the baby and mother were taken.
The infant, who has not yet been named, was eight to 10 weeks premature and weighed only about 3# 4oz, Jain said. She had a low heart rate and body temperature.
“We do not expect such children to survive,” Jain said, adding that her survival was “God’s mercy.”
I can’t believe the baby lived either. So many reasons she should not have. Yes, God’s mercy.
[HT: reader JM; photo of Bhuri and baby courtesy of the AP]