A woman has given birth and delivered a baby boy on a speedboat trip from Dhaka to Barishal. Launch authorities later rewarded the boy and his parents with free lifetime travel privileges.
Jhumur Begum, the wife of Harisur Rahman of Jamalpur, gave birth on board Prince Awlad-10 around 1am on Friday. The ship was in the middle of its voyage at the time, its supervisor Zillur Rahman said.
Harisur works in a chicken coop in Narayanganj, while Jhumur is from the Sholna village of Barishal Sadar.
Jhumur’s due date was still three weeks away, so she decided to go to her village to be with her family. This is her second child.
“The woman was on the first deck of the speedboat when she left Sadarghat for Barishal. Around 9:30 p.m. she started having labor pains. We offered her a cabin for her convenience,” Zillur said.
“But she was not able to walk and take the stairs to the cabin, so she stayed on deck. Later, we asked the male passengers to leave. Another woman and a nurse from the Barishal Medical College Hospital helped her give birth to her child.”
Jhumur was accompanied by his brother and his wife, said Hridoy Khan, the ship’s assistant supervisor.
When the launch docked at Barishal river port around 5 a.m. on Friday, passengers flocked to take photos and videos of the newborn, Hridoy said.
The baby couldn’t even open her eyes properly when the camera flashes went off.
Jhumur managed to escape the cheering crowd and get off the ship around 7:30 a.m.
Since he was born at launch, the baby and his parents will be able to travel free for life, Hridoy said. “On behalf of Awlad Shiping Lines Manager, Md Juboraj, the child received Tk 10,000 in cash as a gift.”