Credits: Khaleej Times
Passengers on a Kenyan high-speed train were all smiles as a fellow passenger gave birth, aided by a doctor and nurse who were also on board, according to Kenya Railways.
The pregnant mother went into labor while riding an express train from Nairobi to the port city of Mombasa in Kenya.
“We are delighted to share a heartwarming story of a mother who welcomed her bundle of joy on board the Madaraka Express,” Kenya Railways stated on Facebook on Wednesday, uploading images of the woman and the newborn, who were surrounded by ecstatic personnel and passengers.
Following the birth, “she was rushed to Mariakani sub county hospital for further medical assistance,” according to the post, which received over 2,400 likes.
“Both the mother and the child are fine. We wish her the best.”
Hundreds of people congratulated the new mother on Facebook, with some advising her to name the baby Madaraka (“freedom” in Swahili) and others urging Kenya Railways to provide the infant with free express service for the rest of their life.
The service is part of Kenya’s largest infrastructure project since independence from Britain in 1963, the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).
East African leaders launched it as a master plan to connect their countries by train.
It is currently snaking from Mombasa to the Rift Valley town of Naivasha via Nairobi, with plans to eventually connect Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Burundi, and Ethiopia.