Nine mothers give birth by cellphone light as storm closes Limpopo hospital

Nine mothers give birth by cellphone light as storm closes Limpopo hospital

- Heavy storms caused chaos in the Limpopo region yesterday and the Jane Furse Hospital was no exception

- Nine babies were born in complete darkness, with the labouring mothers being assisted using only cell phones for light

- Neil Shikwambana, provincial department spokesperson, revealed that the power had gone off and the generator had been struck by lightning

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Heavy storms in the Limpopo region wreaked destruction yesterday and the storm had left the Jane Furse Hospital in the dark.

According to Neil Shikwambana, provincial department spokesperson, the power had gone off and the generator had been incapacitated by lightning.

Despite this, nine mothers had brought their babies into the world in almost complete darkness using the lights from their cell phones.

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Unable to move the mothers to other hospitals because of fallen trees and debris blocking roads, hospital staff had no choice but to stay in the storm-battered hospital and persevere

MEC Phophi Ramathuba had visited the hospital to congratulate staff who had ensured that all nine babies had been brought safely into the world.

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Shikwambana said that the mothers had been grateful to have received help despite the dire situation but had been scared by the situation.

Most other patients had been moved to other facilities as the flooding had badly damaged most of the hospital, which has temporarily closed.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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