Medic miraculously saves distressed baby still attached to mom

2016-07-13 12:51

Durban – A paramedic and her colleagues saved a premature baby who was in critical condition and still attached to her mother at Durban's Addington Hospital this week.

Intermediate paramedic Elmi Changuion and her colleague Rajan Archary were treating a seizure patient at the hospital on Monday afternoon when they were called to help a mother and baby in an ambulance outside.

Changuion's visibly concerned colleague Sanele Mdluli had asked her for help.

"I thought it was strange that he was calling me to tend to a birth."

When she saw the baby, she realised why Mdluli was worried.

"The baby was already delivered, but was blue and floppy like a doll. When we asked the mother, she told us that she was just seven months along. The baby and the mother were still attached to each other. The cord was stuck."

Team effort

She began trying to resuscitate the baby, and rubbing her to warm her up. After trying for 10 minutes, she and her colleagues were rewarded.


Paramedics look on at the premature baby they saved. (Photo supplied by ER24)

Changuion said the rescue was a team effort.

"It was not easy to do, but it was not just me. Everyone around me was extremely helpful and contributed to saving the infant."

Changuion said saving the child's life was gratifying.

"That moment when you realise the baby is fine is very rewarding. We see a lot of death and negative things, but this is what makes it worth it. It was an amazing team effort. With a baby we do not want a bad result. We want to give the mother good news."

Mother and baby were in a stable condition and recovering in hospital. 

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