For Mallika, a 35-year-old woman in Mysuru, high school teacher Shobha Prakash was nothing short of a godsend on that fateful day. In what can only be called a noble gesture, Shobha helped deliver Mallika’s child at a park in Mysuru’s Nazarabad with the help of just a phone call from a doctor who was in Mumbai. Mallika, who is a tribal from Gonikoppal in Kodagu district, had gone to visit a park in Nazarabad opposite the Mini Vidhan Souda when her labour pains begun, TOI reported.
Mallika’s two other children were also with her, a son aged 4 years and a daughter, 2 were also with her. She started bleeding and passers-by reached by her side and frantically tried calling emergency and ambulance but couldn’t get through to anyone. Just then, Shobha Prakash who was passing by to catch a bus to reach her school in Navilur. Locals asked her to help and Shobha, seeing the woman in so much pain, came to help.
A local youth named Kartik meanwhile had called a doctor in Mumbai and connected Shobha to him. However, Shobha lamented that despite many women being present there, none came to help her with the delivery. She followed the steps as accurately as she could despite being scared for the woman and her baby.
After delivering the baby, Shobha said she was unsure of how to clamp the umbilical cord but by that time an ambulance had reached the spot. The medical staff then took over and helped cut the cord. Shobha said after the delivery, she gave the woman some hot water and then she was taken to the hospital for further treatment. Shobha also later on visited Mallika and offered her Rs 2,000 for the newborn. She was also helped by the local primary teacher’s association.
Mallika is a resident of Aruvattoklu, and had a fight with her husband a few months ago. She was on her way home when she suddenly developed labour pains. Mallika was reportedly paying for herself and her kids by working at a local hotel.
She had been taken to the Cheluvamba hospital and her mother had been informed. The woman and child development department has been taking care of her.