With doctor on video call, paramedics help woman deliver baby in snow-bound Kupwara

Gynecologist from Kralpora PHC motivated the paramedical staff through a WhatsApp call: BMO
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Srinagar, Feb 12: Paramedics in the Keran area of north Kashmir’s frontier Kupwara district have managed a delivery of a baby without a gynaecologist, in '3 Idiots' movie style. Both mother and baby are safe.

BMO Kralpora Dr M Shafi, as reported by news agency—Kashmir News Observer, (KNO) said that on Friday, an expecting mother from the Kalas Keran area with labour pain was brought to Primary Health Centre (PHC) Keran where there was no gynaecologist posted.

“We tried to shift the patient to Kralpora but the inclement weather didn't allow us to do so,” he said. “Even due to continuous snowfall, we were unable to take the patient to any other hospital.”

Given the circumstances, the BMO said the gynaecologist of Kralpora PHC motivated the paramedical staff at PHC Keran through a WhatsApp call and asked them to manage her delivery.

The staff was earlier a bit reluctant; however, after motivating them, they managed the delivery quite normally, he said.

Both baby and mother are fine and have been discharged, the BMO said. “This is not the first time that we have managed the emergency patients in this way and Keran being at high altitude faces such issues frequently.”

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