Baby born near Brussels in high-speed train first

15th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

A baby girl was born Monday on a high-speed train linking Paris and Brussels, the first such case since the Thalys rail service was created in 1996.

BRUSSELS - The baby was brought into the world by two doctors and two nurses who were aboard and answered a call for their assistance at around 12:30 pm (1030 GMT), while the train was travelling at around 300 kilometres per hour (185 mph).

The birth went without complications, with the child delivered around half an hour later, just before the train came to a halt in the Belgian capital, where fire services and an emergency medical team were waiting.

"The birth went really well, I hadn't realised it could happen so quickly," said train driver Michel Pauly, in a statement from Thalys. "She was obviously in a hurry to discover the country."

The woman, who was not identified, had been bound for Cologne in western Germany and was travelling with two other children aged two and three.

She and her baby were admitted to hospital in Brussels and both were doing well, the company said.

As a present, Thalys chief Olivier Poitrenaud offered the new born a life-time rail pass, meaning she will travel for free with the firm for the rest of her days.


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