A first-year medical student put his knowledge to the test to help a woman deliver a baby at a train station.
Hamzah Selim, 21, was on his way home from university when he heard a woman screaming near London’s Warren Street Station on Tuesday afternoon.
The first-year medic rushed to help the woman, who was giving birth, her sister at her side.
Mr Selim told BBC he “felt something warm, instinctively looked down and saw a little baby’s head with its arms side by side”.
“I held the baby in horror. It wasn’t responding so I immediately went to the worst possible thought,” he told the local news station.
After his calls for “someone more qualified” to help went unanswered, Mr Selim began to panic as he failed to find the baby’s pulse.
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“I thought ‘Oh my goodness, they didn’t teach us how to do this — how to give birth on the Tube’,” he told The Evening Standard.
He thought back to his training and remembered to test the baby’s reflexes by rubbing its cheek.
“It just coughed in my face, and it was the best moment of my life,” the University College London student told BBC.
He used his jumper to wrap the newborn until paramedics arrived and cut the umbilical cord before taking the mum and baby to hospital.
“The mum was incredible, she was so strong, and so much more brave than me,” he said.
The London Ambulance Service confirmed it treated the woman and baby at the scene before taking them both to hospital.
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