Several Hindu devotees paused their Thaipusam celebrations to help a Muslim woman give birth.
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Malaysians are always quick to offer help to each other regardless of race, ethnicity, and religion. Our helpful nature surfaced again when a Muslim woman found herself giving birth while going through the Thaipusam festivities in Batu Caves.
Childbirth waits for no (wo)man
On 18 January 2022, Hindu devotees thronged Sri Subramaniam Temple in Batu Caves to celebrate Thaipusam.
On that day, it just so happened a Muslim woman had contractions earlier than expected while she and her husband were on the way to the hospital, and it happened nearby the temple.
According to reports, the woman was believed to be crying for help, which caught the attention of passersby. By then, the situation was too urgent to wait for medical help, so the crowd decided to help out directly.
Hindu devotees used their sarees and shawls to shield the pregnant woman’s car from view and give her privacy while she gave birth.
Those with experience in childbirth and delivery also stepped forward to offer help to the mother and assist with cutting her umbilical cord.
Two minutes after the delivery of the newborn was successfully carried out, the ambulance arrived on location with a medical assistant to check on the mother’s and child’s condition. Both were taken to the hospital.
Touched hearts on a holy day
Netizens were floored by the support and care offered so freely by fellow Malaysians, regardless of race and religion.
Despite our different religions and beliefs, most Malaysians were truly warmed by the pure humanity shown by all parties.
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.