A passenger travelling from Nairobi to Mombasa on Wednesday, June 21, delivered a baby girl aboard the Madaraka Express Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).
In a statement, Kenya Railways noted that the expectant passenger delivered with the help of a volunteer doctor on board with the help of an attendant.
“We are delighted to share a heartwarming story of a mother who welcomed her bundle of joy on board the Madaraka Express Passenger Service train to Mombasa.
“We were blessed to have Dr Indanyenyi Luseso onboard who performed the delivery, assisted by our Passenger Attendant, Mary Nyiha,” the statement read in part.
After delivery, Kenya Railways stated that the mother was rushed to Mariakani Hospital for additional medical assistance.
“Thereafter, she was rushed to Mariakani Sub-county Hospital for further medical assistance. Both the mother and the baby are okay,” the statement added.
In a separate incident on May 23, the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) tracked down and honoured a matatu driver and his tout for helping a passenger deliver safely by rerouting their matatu to Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).
Additionally, the duo was gifted mobile phones by their Sacco and other undisclosed goodies for their selfless act.
"Their actions exemplified all the virtues of servant leadership and demonstrated the highest level of compassion," NTSA Head of Communications, Dido Guyatu stated.
The driver narrated that the woman boarded the vehicle at the Kenya Railways stage earlier in the day and then appeared unwell alarming other passengers in the matatu.
When the driver and tout realised that the pain intensified, they alerted police officers on the route to help clear the way, enabling them to get the woman to hospital in time.