Two Mpumalanga police officers have been hailed as heroines after they helped a woman give birth — on the doorstep of a police station.
The incident came about earlier this week shut to the Bethal police station when a resident who used to be at the station observed the closely-pregnant woman in excruciating labour nervousness.
Sgt Itumeleng Motalane used to be alerted to the situation and realising how shut the woman used to be to giving birth, jumped in to relief together with Const Tilane Lebitsa. She did so without needing appropriate hygiene equipment.
“At that time, I had no hand gloves and there used to be no time to look some as any person used to be in trouble. I had to risk my existence for the sake of the woman and the kid she used to be carrying.
“My most fascinating nervousness used to be that I if truth be told have never been confronted with this form of tension before as all four of my kids were born at the sanatorium.
“I told myself that I if truth be told have to confront my fears and clear up the situation. After I helped the woman giving birth, she used to be … shivering. I then [asked] Lebitsa to fetch a blanket from her room as she is staying at the police barracks.”
“I used to be so puzzled that I could maybe well moreover no longer even hear the kid crying. My male colleagues, who stood at a distance, were very chuffed and made screams ululating that the kid used to be alive,” she said.
Having tackled the nervousness of safely handing over the kid, Motalane confronted the project of reducing the umbilical wire. The officer grew to develop into to Google for relief — with great success.
“After sourcing information, I then succeeded but had to dawdle to the Community Carrier Centre to look something to tie it [umbilical cord]. Fortuitously I obtained a shoelace which I sanitised, tied the umbilical wire and at that time, we were anticipating an ambulance to arrive as my male colleagues had already summoned it.
“Then all any other time seeing that it used to be taking time, I asked Lebitsa to volunteer her bakkie so that we are able to engage the woman as properly as the kid to sanatorium,” she said.
Both mother and child were declared to be comely at the sanatorium however the mum had to be treated as she had bled profusely at some point of the transport.
Mpumalanga top cop Maj-Gen Thulani Phahla hailed the “mettlesome squaddies” for going previous the name of accountability and helping the desperate woman.
“I basically commend the participants for going an additional mile in helping the woman to safely give birth to her child. Police are on the total confronted with irregular and difficult situations but what we have realised is that they are continually equal to the project.”
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BY KHANYISILE NGCOBO