Real Story of Live Help for Delivery of Baby in Middle of the Thar Desert, Sindh
Aug 23, 2013
My all dear ones,
This is a real live story that started with a distress cell phone call at 10 pm last night to me, by a male caller who was good in Urdu but I could see that he had a strong rural accent. Since the story developed though communication on the phone with no visual contact , therefore I will also narrate the story on the basis of our communication. I am QAB , while caller is Khalid , he will be mentioned as Kh, Rubina IDSP's manager MAA, midwife training program, will be RUB, Dr. Tanveer Chief Executive Hands, will Tan,
Caller, Hello Hello,
QAB, hello who is specking ?
Caller, where are you, are you a doctor, tell me your location , I am coming to you, where are,
QAB, who are you, and why you want to meet me.
Caller, first tell me your location ,
QAB, disconnected the call,
Again phone ringing,
QAB, hello ,
Caller, tell me quick where are you , I am coming to you, you are a doctor ,
Qab , please tell me the purpose of your call,
Caller, first you tell me are you a doctor , what is your location,
QAB, first you tell me why you need to know my location,
May be you have a wrong number,
Caller, are you a doctor ,? Tell me , tell me,
QAB , but what doctor do you need ,
Caller so you are a doctor, so my number is correct,
QAB DISCONNECT THE PHONE,
I thought and reflected on the tone and urgency and stress in callers voice, although he was talking in a very aggressive tone, but still there was a kind of distress in the voice,
I called the number myself,
QAB, hello , bhai , please tell me what kind of a doctor you are looking for there are many types of doctor, ( this was to check and correct if he is taking me as a medical doctor )
Caller, Baji , I do not know how to share my problem with you , I feel shameful , because you are a woman and I have with me my sister inlaw , and she is about to deliver a baby . But I feel shy to tell you this myself.
QAB, What is your name?
Caller , Khalid,
Qab, OK Khalid Bhai, where are you,
KH, we are from a village in Chachoro , and now on our way in search of medical help as we have none in our village.
Qab, ok who is with you?
KH, I am woman's brother in law, and a villager who is taking care of the camel,
Qab, CAMEL? what do you mean Camel,
Kh, we are traveling by camel,
Qab where is the women ,
Kh, she is on the camel , while we are walking by the side.
She is in pain, and we see nothing here to help us,
Qab , is this her first baby ?
Kh, yes this is first,
Qab , ok , first baby will take some time , be calm , and control your nerves, you wait for a call from a medical person , we will try to help, be strong and be stable, it will be ok,
I contacted Ms. Robina manager of our midwifery program called MAA,
Bell is ringing , no response,
Again called our hostel manager Rajab,
Rajab , hello,
Qab salaam Rajab , where is Rubina Baji,
Raj, She has gone to get some things from shop,
Qab, I urgently need to talk to some midwife present in the hostel,
Raj, ok I am taking the phone to them,
Qab hello, can you help on phone and guide by instruction to deliver a baby safly?
MW, no , but Robina baji can
Qab , Robina is not responding , please urgently get her on line with me ,
As my mind was racing , I thought of HANDS a great organization working in maternal health care in Sindh since early 80s.
I called ,
Qab , hello , is this dr. Tanveer ?
Tan, yes , Salaam Dr. Sahiba, how are you , is all ok,
Qab, please can you get your teams to connect this women in labour pains and is with out any help?
Tan , where is she ?
Qab, they are in Chachro,
Tan, give me the contact number,
Qab gave the mob number,
Qab , hello
Robina , hello dr sahiba,
Qab Robina write this number down and call this man Khalid and see what you can do , there is a woman needing urgent help in child delivery in middle is Chachro desert.
Robina , ok , takes down the number , phone disconnects,
It is now 10 : 20 that Robina took charge on supervising the delivery of a baby , through cell phone , instructing Khalid to help the woman deliver .they both were on cell phone for 40 minutes , with a gap of ten minutes.
My phone rang ,
Qab , hello,
Robina, do not worry Dr. Sahiba, I have explained to Khalid what to do and , to get the woman on the ground , make her lay down and hold her from the back, and monitor the pain and the duration of intervals , it will take a while for the baby to come.
Qab , ok, but we must find some medical help close to them,
Robina , but now the woman cannot and should not be on the camel , the baby is brich and can become complicated , so now they have to stop and prepare for delivery where ever they are.
Qab , Robina you think this man Khalid can do it, should they not go to a near by village to look for a woman, ?
Robina , there is no time for that.
Qab ok , we should keep our phone free in case ,
I waited, and went to pray for the woman , Khalid and Robina.
After 30 minutes I called again to Khalid,
Qab , hello
Khalid , hello , the baby is out , we are following the instructions,
Qab , how is the baby
Kh, he is ok, we got the code disconnected, and also cleaned the inside of the uterus , but the woman is unconscious and is bleeding heavily, what should we do, please help,
Qab , did you got a call from HANDS,
Kh, yes , but they said you are too far and we cannot help at this time,
Qab , but you must find help,
Kh, what can we do , we are carrying the woman and the baby and also the camel's rope, and walking to find some help, the nearest medical help is two hours drive , and still we will not find a lady doctor there.
QAB, at this point donot worry of a lady or man doctor , we need to safe life,
Kh, oh wait she is coming to consciousness,
Qab , ok you take care, Robina will now call you again ,
Qab , hello
Robina hello, dr. Sahiba she must get some drip to stop bleeding,
Qab , how to do that , I donot know to whom we can ask for help,
Robina you keep talking and advising them , the woman is comming to consciousness , you better talk to them,
It is now pass 12 mid night ,
I called Khalid again
Kh, hello, we have further cleaned the inside of the woman and got all the waste out completely and now the bleeding has stopped.
Qab , are you doing all this yourself ?
Kh, yes there is no one, this is the only option we have, your doctor is very good she guided me and followed her instructions.
Sorry I cannot talk now she is in pain,
I called Robina,
Qab , hello, robina what do you think are they ok?
Rubina , I think they are ok and all is done well,
I need to talk again to Khalid, qab , ok
I gave time to them to recollect themselves,
Then I called at 4 am, but no one responded, I thought their battery is dead.
At 10 am this morning I called Khalid ,
Qab , hello, Khalid how is every thing,
All is fine , we returned to our village safe and fine both mother and child are fine, now I am sitting in the bus for Karachi to join my job .
qab, congratulations Khalid, you did great,
Kha, yes ,all village treated me like a hero , before i was considered the most useless person in the whole village. Thanks to Robina baji and and all your people.
I will come and meet you I'm Karachi.
Qab , great must meet , please come , we need to train some midwives in your village.
Kh, sure un will help,
Many Many thanks , you people are great .
Qab GOD IS GREAT
SEE YOU ,
Later in our Karachi campus Robina explained the whole process of supervising delivery on phone,
This is third Delivery our midwives helped through phone.
Allha is great ,
With lots of love and blessings,