Paramedic delivers baby namesake in the street

2014-03-08 00:00

A GRATEFUL young mother, Amanda Ngeleka (24), has named her child after the paramedic who helped deliver the baby on the road.

Ngeleka, who went into early labour, was helped by Rescue Care paramedic Ceron Lennox to give birth to her baby girl at the corner of Stephen Dlamini (Essenwood) Road and Sandile Thusi (Argyle) Road.

Lennox was attending to patients who had been involved in a motorbike collision there on Thursday night.

While there, Lennox, an advanced life support paramedic, heard an piercing scream.

She stepped out of the ambulance and was greeted by a hysterical Mina Masondo — whose pregnant girlfriend Ngeleka was about to have a baby.

Ngeleka said yesterday she knew something was not right when she began “spotting” at their Musgrave home.

“I became worried and we decided to go to the hospital. But when I stepped into the car, my waters broke and my worst fear came true — the baby was already forcing her way out,” said Ngeleka.

No matter how fast Masondo drove, said Ngeleka, it felt as if he was not driving fast enough because the baby was also in a hurry to see the world.

“I knew I wasn’t going to make it to the hospital because the baby’s head had already popped out. I forced my boyfriend to stop the car and get help from the paramedics.”

It was about 12.30 am and they were about 10 minutes away from the hospital.

Lennox quickly assessed Ngeleka’s condition and immediately saw that she was well into labour and about to deliver the child.

“The paramedic actually carried me out of the car,” the new mother recalled.

Lennox laid her on a mattress on the street under an open sky and helped her to give birth to a healthy baby girl.

They were then transported to King George V Hospital for a medical check-up.

“She [Lennox] was busy with her own things, but dropped everything for me. If it wasn’t for her I don’t know what I would have done,” said Ngeleka.

Expressing her gratitude to Lennox, Ngeleka has named her daughter after her.

“My baby girl is not just Luthando but she is Luthando Ceron Ngeleka,” she said.

Describing her experience as like a part of a movie, Ngeleka said she hoped her daughter’s life was not always going to be so dramatic. “It was like a movie … one you will never forget. Never in my wildest dream did I ever think I’ll give birth on the street,” she giggled.

Lennox paid a visit to the mother and daughter yesterday and found them to be in perfect health.

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