Jozi police officer helps deliver stranger’s baby on the pavement

2019-06-24 14:05
Lebogang Mngomezulu after delivering the baby. (PHOTO: Facebook)

Lebogang Mngomezulu after delivering the baby. (PHOTO: Facebook)

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A Johannesburg police officer went above and beyond the call of duty when she helped deliver a baby on a pavement last Wednesday.

The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) received a call that a woman had collapsed on a pavement in Eloff Street near Park Central after traffic officials spotted the woman doubled over in pain.

Officer Lebogang Mngomezulu was deployed to the scene to access the situation.

“We received a call on Wednesday morning about a woman who seemed to be experiencing labour pains on the side of the road. My superintendent asked me to go and assist with the situation,” Lebogang told YOU. 

When Lebogang arrived, the 28-year-old unnamed woman was lying on her back experiencing intense labour pains.

“I didn’t even get a chance to ask her name, I was only focused on the task at hand and that was to deliver the baby safely,” Lebogang said.

The 37-year-old police officer said she was shaking during the entire experience.

“As someone who works for the accident investigation unit, I’m used to seeing dead bodies and witnessing fatal accidents but none of that prepared me for this.”

With the help of Lebogang, the woman gave birth to a healthy baby girl.

Lebogang Mngomezulu after delivering the baby. (PH

The officer then rushed to the nearest fire station to get assistance from a paramedic who could help cut the umbilical cord.

While the paramedics were helping the new mom, Lebogang spotted an ambulance that was responding to another emergency and asked them to take the woman to Hillbrow clinic.

“Reality hit me when the lady was loaded into the ambulance. I did something I’m not trained for,” she said. “I cried uncontrollably.”

According to a statement from JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minaar, the mother and baby are doing well.

Lebogang is planning to visit them in hospital soon.

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