- A woman was forced to give birth on the street after a taxi driver kicked her out of the taxi that she was travelling in
- Strangers came to her assistance in her time of need
- They helped her give birth to a healthy baby girl in the most unsuitable circumstances
Strangers on the road had to help a woman in labour after a taxi driver dumped her on the side of the street. Edna van Vuuren and other community members took action to support the woman and help her give birth.
Van Vuuren said that she was at work when she received WhatsApp notifications from a group that she is a member of, saying that a woman was in labour in public. Luckily, she was close to where the woman was.
"I just thought how horrible it must be, because there was no privacy for her at all.”
When they arrived at the scene, the woman was already very advanced in her labour.
“By that time, there was no chance of arranging an ambulance or transport to the hospital."
Right there on the side of the road, bystanders brought a healthy baby - named Angelina - into the world.
Van Vuuren said the mother and her baby were then taken to Pretoria West Hospital. She says that it was a privilege to be part of the whole process and to be able to help.
Netcare 911 assisted them until the state ambulances arrived on the scene.
Briefly.co.za previously reported on Madelein Meissner-Roloff from Bryanston, who gave birth in her car. When her contractions were just more than five minutes apart, she and husband, Karl, got ready to go to the maternity clinic. She struggled to dress herself because the contractions were suddenly much closer together and were quite intense. On the way to the hospital, Madelein realised the baby wasn’t going to wait any longer.
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