- A South African police officer, Colleta Puggens, was hailed a hero on social media
- The constable delivered a baby in the police station on Sunday
- According to the SAPS, a heavily pregnant woman rushed to the police station where she went into labour
On Sunday, at around 05:30 am, Constable Colleta Puggens was about to leave the Gravelotte Police Station when a heavily pregnant woman showed up.
The woman was in labour and wanted to get assistance in calling an ambulance. Puggens complied and contacted an ambulance.
However, with the nearest hospital at least 45km away and the lady already experiencing severe labour pains, Puggens knew she had to act.
So, Briefly.co.za gathered she rushed her into the Victim Empowerment room and called on the help of Morongwe Anna Mashumo, "an elderly woman who reside adjacent to the station."
"The two of them successfully played the role of a midwife and a baby girl was born," the SAPS wrote on Facebook.
The new mother named her daughter Nyiko, which means a gift. An examination by doctors concluded both mother and baby were in excellent health - which was great news for the constable.
"I am not used to that kind of a situation and it was scary but I had to supress my fears and be strong for the mother who was due. The priority was to ensure that both the mother and the child are alive and healthy. When such was achieved I felt like I could kiss the skies", Puggens explained.
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