Pregnant woman airlifted over Cape fires to give birth

2015-03-05 11:54

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Cape Town - A Noordhoek man has told how he took to social media to ask for help after realising he and his heavily pregnant wife were cut off by the fires raging in the area on Monday, and wouldn't be able to get to hospital for their baby's scheduled birth.

Netwerk24's Samantha van den Berg spoke to IT specialist Duane Viljoen, who said he realised that the heavy traffic in the area as a result of Ou Kaapse Weg and Chapman's Peak roads being closed due to the fire meant he and Eva Hedenskog would not be able to make their 11:00 appointment for a Caesarean section at Cape Town Medi-Clinic.

The baby had started to drop and he was not sure if his wife would go into labour. They also did not want to miss the Caesarean appointment, which was made long in advance.

He took to Twitter to ask for advice.

Within an hour, Civair Helicopters sent a helicopter to Noordhoek. It landed on an open piece of ground where they live and transported them over the fires to Cape Town International Airport, from where they were transported to the hospital.

It took just 23 minutes to get to the hospital.

Their baby, Kristina Viljoen, was born later that day, weighing 3.52kg.

It was overwhelming and amazing, and everything worked out perfectly, Viljoen said, thanking the helicopter charter company.

He told Cape Talk that he was not a wealthy man and had never travelled like that before, adding it was a Brad and Angelina moment.

Viljoen joked that his friends have nicknamed the baby Phoenix.

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