First-year medical student delivers his first baby at London tube station

Hamzah Selim

A first-year Muslim medical student delivered his first baby at Warren Street Tube station in London. 

Hamzah Selim, 21, came to the rescue when he heard a woman’s cries at the tube station on Wednesday 16 January.

The UCL student told the London Evening Standard how he saw the woman leaning against a wall by a Northern line platform.

After immediately attending to her, Mr Selim realised she was in the middle of labour.

He said: “It was just instinct. The whole experience was unbelievable. It was such a mad coincidence.”

The first-year medical student was on his way home after attending a lecture on human anatomy when he heard the mother in pain.

He said the woman told him she had been shopping with her sister and had to take the underground when she was unable to flag down a taxi.

She realised she was going to give birth in front of passengers just before 2pm, and she told Mr Selim she had given birth three times.

Mr Selim told the London Evening Standard: “I heard one of them shout for help. There was this woman standing there, screaming for help.

“I went over to help because it looked like she was about to faint.

“I thought ‘Oh my goodness, they didn’t teach us how to do this — how to give birth on the Tube.”

The brave student said his experience from the time he worked on a maternity ward kicked in.

Mr Selim added: “The mum did absolutely great given it was the first birth I was involved in outside the textbook.”

Paramedics arrived at the scene a few minutes after the baby boy was delivered and the umbilical cord cut.

The newborn baby was then taken to hospital by medics.

A Transport for London spokesman said: “We’d like to thank the staff at Warren Street station, who did a fantastic job in assisting the customer who gave birth.

“London Ambulance Service attended and both mother and child were taken to hospital.”

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