- Johannesburg Metro Police Officer, Rose Sithole, is being praised for helping a mother deliver her baby on a pavement
- Sithole helped the 30-year-old mother after the command centre received a call about a pregnant lady on the street in difficulty
- Sithole delivered a healthy baby boy and the mother and child are safe and doing well after being discharged from a local clinic
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A Johannesburg Metro Police Officer is being lauded for delivering a baby on a pavement. Rose Sithole has been an officer for the past 13 years and has never delivered a baby before. The incident occurred last week Thursday.
The mother was reportedly on her way to a police station to wait for an ambulance when she went into labour. The command centre at the police station then received a call about a pregnant woman on the streets.
Sithole rushed to the scene with a colleague. After realising that the 30-year-old woman was in labour, Sithole asked her colleague to get a blanket from the police station. Upon his return, the colleague found Sithole, the mother, the mother's partner and a newborn baby boy.
In an interview with IOL, Sithole said she was scared and that it was very cold. She added that she prayed to God to help her save the baby. Sithole also said that the other officers at the station were unaware of the situation. She said:
"Police officers inside the station were not aware of what was going on until my colleague went in and asked them for a blanket."
Twitter user @KamoMarven shared images of the incident and Mzansi tweeps are praising Sithole for assisting the new mother. Here's what some tweeps had to say:
"Not all heroes wear capes."
The mother and child were taken by ambulance to a clinic and are reportedly doing well since being discharged.
In similar news, Briefly.co.za recently reported on a security guard who helped a woman give birth at busy taxi interchange. A 36-year-old woman was travelling to the Somerset Hospital for a check-up when she went into labour.
The mom, Bomikazi Hlabongi, ended up giving birth at the busy Station Deck interchange. She approached Security SA (SSA) operations staff and they took her to the guardroom. The staff then phoned an ambulance but it took too long to arrive and the officers had to assist Hlabongi to give birth.
One of the security officers, Rafeeq Khan, wrote about the experience on his Facebook page. South Africans congratulated the new mom and applauded those who helped her.
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