Nurses ignore mom giving birth on pavement

2012-11-21 09:39
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Pretoria - A woman gave birth to her baby on the pavement outside a clinic while nurses looked on and refused to help.

Onicca Babedi told Eyewitness News that she found Nomsa Mathebula in labour on the pavement outside the Soshanguve Clinic near Pretoria.

Mathebula had apparently been turned away and referred to a larger hospital as her blood pressure was too low.

Mathebula collapsed mere metres from the clinic’s front gate and went into labour. Despite calls for help, nurses wouldn’t come out of the building.

When the baby wasn’t breathing, Babedi also tried to get nurses to assist Mathebula.

“I started calling everyone, screaming. I was panicking as well, but nobody was helping - they just looked at me.”

She called the police and only once officers arrived did nurses join them.

There was no comment from the Gauteng department of health.

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