Post Office staff really delivered

2010-06-11 00:00

TWO Durban postal workers proved that the South African Post Office delivers whatever it takes when they helped a young woman deliver her baby.

Maggie Govender and Charmaine Harker have been hailed as heroines after they sprang into action and helped Khanyisile Mngwanya deliver a healthy baby girl.

The busy Post Office in the city centre came to a standstill on Tuesday afternoon when Mngwanya went into labour. Staff had to keep everyone calm as Govender and Harker made sure that Mngwanya was calm.

Post Office spokesperson Nobuhle Njapha said that the woman was waiting in a queue in the pension hall at Durban branch when she started experiencing labour pains.

“She had been waiting to collect her child grant when the pains began. After she collec­ted her grant, her water broke and she screamed for help,” she said.

Govender, a teller, and Harker, a first aid offi­cer, ran to her rescue and helped calm her down.

“She was in a lot of pain and kept crying. The ladies comforted and tried to keep her calm. One of them was trained in First Aid so they knew what they were doing,” she said.

The women cordoned the area off as curious onlookers had started to gather around the mother.

“The branch manager called for paramedics, but it was too late, the woman went into labour. The ladies helped her deliver a healthy baby girl,” she said.

Njapha said all employees were relieved that the baby was healthy.

“The woman was taken away by paramedics and we hope that mother and child are well. It would be great to see the baby again,” she said.

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