Baby girl's miracle birth amid Cape flames

2015-03-04 13:38

Kristina Viljoen weighed in at a healthy 3.52kg after a dramatic trip to hospital, when her pregnant mother was airlifted over raging flames in Cape Town on Monday.

IT specialist Duane Viljoen and his pregnant wife Eva Hedenskog woke up at 2am on Monday to find that fire had cut them off from the rest of the world. They live in Noordhoek on the Cape Peninsula, which has been engulfed in flames.

Eva was due to give birth on Monday morning when Duane took to social media in a bid to find help He tweeted:

This tweet landed the couple a ride to a city hospital with local helicopter charter company, Civair.

“We were stuck in Noordhoek with the horrible fires.

Woke up at 2am on Monday and saw all the roads were closed. We were meant to go to the hospital at 11am. Slight panic ensued,” Viljoen told Cape Talk radio’s John Maytham.

Within an hour of him posting the tweet a helicopter landed in their backyard, airlifting them to Cape Town’s Mediclinic.

Said Viljoen: “I’m not a wealthy man and have never travelled like this before.

“And the missus was very happy to be 3.52kg lighter by midday. We are really very happy and very blessed.”

Hedenskog and her baby are expected back home tomorrow.  

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