Sometimes, very rarely, almost impossible things happen and people call them miracles.
One such impossible incident happened last Sunday. The firstborn of a couple was delivered at a remote Padma char without the help of any doctor or trained midwife.Md Nahid Mia and his wife Surma Akhter, residents of the capital’s Lalbagh area, were going to Surma’s village home in Barguna’s Amtali on the day.
The couple found themselves in a confounded situation as the ferry service was suspended in the ghat.
Then they crossed a portion of the Padma on a trawler and landed on a char from where they needed to walk several kilometres to find another trawler to reach the other bank of the river.
After walking for about five kilometres on the Padma char, Surma, a nine-month pregnant woman, started having labour pain.
She was immediately taken to a house in Majhikandi village on the char where she gave birth to a baby girl at around 5 pm with the assistance of local women.
Villagers burst into joy when the baby girl screamed for the first time.After giving birth Surma felt unwell and a local man named Razzak Majhi called the Jajira Upazila Nirbahi Officer Ashrafuzzaman Bhuiyan and Upazila Family Planning Officer Mahmudul Hasan and informed them about her situation.
They later sent health workers with a naval ambulance and took Surma and her newborn to Jajira Upazila Health Complex. The mother and the newborn were admitted there around 7:30 pm on the day.
Both mother and the baby are doing well. The Upazila administration provided gifts to the new mother and distributed sweets to all present at the hospital.
Nahid, who works at a steel furniture factory in Dhaka’s Lalbagh, got married to Surma a year and a half ago.
Surma was supposed to give birth at the end of June according to doctors. They were travelling to Surma’s father’s house so that she could stay there till her delivery.
Villagers of Majhikandi Char stood by their side. Surma gave birth to a healthy child with the help of them.
After being taken to the hospital, Shariatpur Deputy Commissioner Parvez Hasan made a phone call and congratulated the couple.
He also declared medical and financial assistance for them.
The couple named the baby girl “Padma” as she was born on the banks of the river.
Nahid said, “By the grace of Allah, I am the father of a daughter now. We are grateful to the people of the Majhikandi village. We will never forget their contributions.”
Nahid and Surma didn’t know about the suspension of ferry service on Padma River and got stuck at Shimulia of Munshiganj.
After walking for two kilometres along the riverbank, they found a trawler at noon to cross a portion of the river and land on a char.
“We will cover all medical costs of the child and the mother,” Jajira UNO Ashrafuzzaman Bhuiyan said.
“We will transport the family to their house as well,” he added.