Pregnant woman’s close call

2015-08-06 08:53
Paramedics attend to a pregnant construction worker who yesterday plummeted more than 12 metres when she fell from scaffolding at a construction site in Town Bush Road next to the Virgin Active gym.

Paramedics attend to a pregnant construction worker who yesterday plummeted more than 12 metres when she fell from scaffolding at a construction site in Town Bush Road next to the Virgin Active gym. (Supplied)

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PARAMEDICS yesterday said it “was a miracle” that a pregnant woman survived a four-storey plunge at a construction site in Chase Valley.

It is believed that the 26-year-old woman, a construction worker who is two months pregnant, lost her footing while she was walking on scaffolding four storeys up on the construction site next to the Virgin Active gym on Town Bush Road.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said paramedics and other services arrived on the scene to find the woman lying among pieces of scaffolding.

Workers who had witnessed the incident stood around the woman as paramedics assessed her.

According to a paramedic on scene, co-workers said the woman was moving from one platform to another when she lost her footing and fell almost 12 metres to the concrete floor.

Paramedics said the woman was fully conscious and was lucky to have survived as it was not a direct fall; the speed of her fall was instead broken by scaffolding and other platforms as she plummeted to the floor.

Meiring said the woman sustained a serious injury to her head as well as her back.

“Treatment as well as advanced life support interventions were performed on the patient to stabilise her vital signs,” Meiring said.

The paramedic said she had “immense swelling” on the back of her head and soft tissue damage to her limbs but no bones were broken.

“It is too early in the gestation period to assess if the baby was harmed, but there was thankfully no direct injury to her abdomen so the baby should be fine,” the paramedic said.

Once treated, the woman was transported to Mediclinic for “urgent medical attention”.

This is the second incident in two days were a pregnant woman survived an accident that paramedics said should have left them critically injured.

On Tuesday, a woman in her eighth month of pregnancy was left pinned under a dump truck she was travelling in after it overturned in Edendale.

The woman suffered a broken leg and it took emergency services more than two hours to pull her out of the wreckage. Her baby was unharmed

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