Cape Town – Police in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape, reportedly rescued a pregnant woman who gave birth under a bridge on Sunday during an extremely cold and rainy afternoon.
According to IOL, police were patrolling at around 14:00 when they were flagged down by an incoherent person who rambled something and pointed towards the bridge.
Heading towards the direction pointed by the person, the officers were met with a woman who needed assistance giving birth.
The woman had already given birth. However, the umbilical cord was still attached and wound around the infant boy, the report said.
“An ambulance was immediately requested and on hearing the nature of the situation, Constable Shaneez Daniels from the K9 unit rushed to assist.
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“Both officers managed to carefully cut the cord and the baby boy, who was already turning blue, was taken into the police vehicle while waiting for medical help. He was covered in a blanket and kept warm by Daniels,” said Colonel Priscilla Naidu, as quoted by PE Express.
The child was safely taken to the hospital by ambulance and is reported to be in a healthy condition.
“Not very often our members are faced with situations such as this but their level of experience and calm always plays a pivotal role in handling any situation. Had they not reacted so swiftly, the situation may not have been as joyous as it now is. Their efforts are truly commendable,” the report quoted Nelson Mandela Bay District Commissioner, Major General Vuyisile Ncata as saying.
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Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo