- A heroic taxi driver, Nhlakanipho Zulu, helped deliver a baby in his car
- The woman was on her way to the hospital when she went into labour
- Without any other options, Nhlakanipho helped deliver the baby
Nhlakanipho Zulu helped deliver a baby in his taxi after a woman started to give birth while he was driving her to the hospital.
The 31-year-old, taxi driver was dropping off passengers late at night when a security guard asked if he could take a heavily pregnant lady to the hospital.
Briefly.co.za learned that Nontobeko Mthethwa was on her way to Nongoma Hospital in KZN when she started to feel sharp pains and went into labour.
Completely in shock, Nhlakanipho helped Nontobeko to give birth.
“I’m glad God gave me the strength and the baby boy was delivered without complications. He and his mother are well and in hospital,” he said.
Earlier that night Nontobeko had started to feel pains and went to he Buxedene Clinic.
“She asked for help and the nurses put her in a room to inspect her. I asked them to get her an ambulance that would take her to Nongoma Hospital,” he said.
The nurses disagreed and said that she was not ready to deliver the baby but Nontobeko knew better, she screamed that the baby was coming according to the dailysun.co.za.
“I made her lie on the seat and could see the baby’s head coming out.
“She asked if I had a knife or pair of scissors so I could cut her as the baby was stuck.
“I didn’t have a knife or scissors and was too afraid to do that. I thought: ‘What if something goes wrong?’ She kept on pushing until the baby eventually came out.
“I caught the baby and placed him on the seat. I asked her to sit still and ensure the baby didn’t fall.”
Having never delivered a baby before, Nhlakanipho had no idea what to do with the umbilical cord. He drove to some houses and asked the occupants for help.
“They cut the cord and cleaned the mum and baby before we drove to hospital.”
He’d never thought he would see or could do what he did on Wednesday night.
“I used to be afraid of newborn babies, I don’t think I’ll ever be afraid again.”
He said that he would like to see Nontobeko again when she and her son are discharged from the hospital.
“The mum and child promised to be in good health. I commend the taximan for his bravery in helping the woman. Some wouldn’t have done what he did.”
Nhlakanipho’s boss Nokuthula Mhlongo said: “I was relived and happy for them.”
Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu has instructed that an investigation be carried out at the Buxedene Clinic over allegations that the nurses displayed rude and improper behaviour.
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