Homeless help deliver healthy baby girl

By Siyavuya Mzantsi Time of article published Jun 7, 2021

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A HOMELESS person has helped law enforcement officers in delivering a “healthy” baby girl in Foundry Road, Salt River under the bridge.

Law enforcement officers on patrol in the Salt River area were stopped by a group of children appealing for help with a woman who was about to give birth.

“The officers hastily responded and found the lady in Foundry road Salt River under the bridge. The baby was already crowning and a call was made for medical assistance (ambulance). The officers realised that this baby was not going to wait for expert medical assistance to come into this world and with the assistance of a very helpful homeless person on scene went about delivering the bundle of joy to the 36-year-old mother,” said law enforcement spokesperson Wayne Dyason.

He said the healthy baby girl was safely transported to Somerset hospital with her mother by ambulance, leaving behind a “very pleased team of makeshift midwives”.

This was hours earlier before police officers Sergeant Mogoru and Constable Mnisi helped a woman deliver a newborn baby girl on Sunday in Roedtan police station outside Modimolle, Limpopo.

The young mother came to the Community Service Centre complaining about labour pains at about 1.30pm. Mnisi was on duty and contacted Mogoru who was on patrol duties but rushed back to the station.

The duo collaborated to assist the woman in giving birth in the boardroom of the station. The members at the same time summoned an ambulance which transported the newborn and her mother to the hospital.

Mogoru said she understood the risks involved in all these incidents but that they were often faced with situations where they have to perform duties beyond the normal SAPS mandate to save lives. During all these incidents, she used her own emergency kit and resources.

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