- An Uber driver frantically flagged down a passing JMPD officer when his fare was about to give birth in his car
- Stuck on the M1 highway, the JMPD officer assisted the mom in labour to give birth to a beautiful baby boy
- Herman Mashaba praised the officer for her “service in pride” in this situation
In an unprecedented act of bravery, JMPD officer Frieda Ramafemo, assisted a mother in labour to deliver a healthy baby in the back of an Uber.
Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has lauded the officer a hero and commended her on her “service with pride in a Tweet on the incident.
From a JMPD perspective, this incident couldn’t have been better timed. With the police service currently under fire for their obesity level, this incident showcased one of the outstanding employees within the service.
Briefly.co.za recently reported on the weight issue within the South African Police service which has been a focal point for quite a while.
In this situation, Ramafemo commented that she was traveling on the M1 when she was flagged down by a panicked Uber driver. The driver showed her his passenger in the back of the car who was nine-months pregnant, and in labour.
The mom-to-be had called for an Uber when she started to feel contractions. She had hoped the Uber would get her to the hospital on time.
However, her contractions had progressed quickly and it soon became clear that they would not make it to the hospital in time.
In a media statement released by the City of Johannesburg, Ramafemo commented that “the expecting mother was experiencing intense pain and her contractions seemed very close apart. Showing signs of labour, I had to keep her calm and prepare for the emergency birth.”
Ramafemo assisted the mother in a successful delivery and mom and baby were later transferred to the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital. They were later released and are said to be recovering well at home.
The incident has brought the mom and officer close together and the grateful mom asked Ramafemo to choose a second name for her baby. Ramafemo was overwhelmed by this gesture and chose the name “gift”.
In a day that was filled with so many experiences and moments to be grateful for the name “gift” is definitely a wise choice.
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