Mom gives birth in long-distance taxi
A rather dramatic turn of events saw a baby being born in a minibus taxi.
- A long-distance minibus taxi travelling from Johannesburg to Vryheid became a makeshift hospital for heavily pregnant woman who suddenly went into labour during the trip.
According to Times Live
, Zonke Ntuli, a fellow passenger and mom jumped in to help the mother in labour when her water broke.
Initially they believed that the pregnant mom-to-be would make it to the nearest hosiptal is Newcastle but long before they were able to reach the medical centre, the baby started to arrive.
The taxi was pulled over to the side of the road and soon a healthy baby boy was born. Having no other way to cut the umbilical cord, Zonke found an empty glass bottle, broke it and used the glass to severe the cord. The baby was then wrapped in clothing while the taxi continued it's journey until an ambulance arrived.
The new mother and baby were transported to Newcastle Provincial Hospital and are doing well.
KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo and Health Head of Department Dr Sibongile Zungu praised Zonke and her quick thinking for helping the mother and new baby when they were in need.Have you ever helped deliver a baby?