Mathew Brown, 17, from Exmouth, was on his way home when he heard the woman “screaming in the next carriage” and rushed to help
A teenage boy helped to deliver a baby while on a train home from college – and the tot’s parents thanked him in the best way.
Mathew Brown, 17, from Exmouth, was on the Paignton to Exeter train yesterday when he suddenly heard a woman screaming from the next carriage.
The teen, who has first aid experience, immediately rushed over to see if he could help and said he went into “auto pilot” as he helped the woman deliver her baby.
Speaking to DevonLive , Mathew said: “I had just finished college and I was on my way home when I heard a woman screaming on the train, it was scary at first and I didn’t have a clue what it was.
“The screaming was coming from a different carriage so I got up to see what was going on and that’s when I saw a woman lying on the floor in labour with people crowded around her.”
The South Devon College student, who is a trained first aider, said he went over to see if he could help.
“I went over to speak with the woman and explained I was a first aider and asked if she wanted me to help. After she agreed I had to make sure that the people standing around left the carriage,” he explained.
“It all went by so quickly that I didn’t even have time to think about it, I just went into auto pilot.
“My dad is a paramedic and we talk about medical practice all the time, so with my first aid training and my knowledge I kind of knew what I was doing.
“When I got to the woman the baby’s head was already coming out and in a matter of minutes the baby was born. When he came out I just wrapped him in someone’s hoody.”
Mathew, who studies Marine Engineering, said the woman was on her way to meet her husband when she gave birth on the train.
He said: “Luckily after the baby arrived, the train was pulling into Torre Train Station where the paramedics were already waiting.
“It was such a surreal situation, I called my dad straight away to tell him what had happened and he said he was so proud of me.”
The day after the baby’s arrival, Mathew said he bumped into the woman’s husband on the train – and that’s when he found out the wonderful way they had thanked him.
He added: “It was really strange because I bumped into a man on the train and he was saying that he wife gave birth on the train yesterday, and I told him that it was me that delivered the baby.
“It was only then that I found out they have named the baby Matt after me.”