Woman gives birth in dusty road outside Sandton clinic

2015-11-10 14:00
The spot where the woman gave birth. (Photos supplied to News24 by Jabari Makhooane)

The spot where the woman gave birth. (Photos supplied to News24 by Jabari Makhooane)

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Johannesburg - Quick-thinking bystanders helped a woman give birth in a dusty parking area early on Monday morning when she arrived at a clinic in Sandton before it opened.

“They told her to push. Everyone kept telling her to push, even the nurses said it. By then a man had taken her out of the vehicle and blankets were placed on the floor so that she could lie down to push,” said Naieson Dube, a patient who had come to the clinic.

Dube, a 47-year-old from Zimbabwe, was queuing outside the Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre – a private non-profit company (NPC) and comprehensive primary healthcare centre in Fourways, waiting for it to open.

A speeding van pulled into the parking lot at around 06:00 and a woman, clearly in labour, got out, screaming for help.

But the other patients told her the health and wellness centre was not open yet and suggested she go to a hospital. She begged security guards and other patients to help her.

The Witkoppen Health Centre.  (Supplied to News24 by Jabari Makhooane)

People too scared to help

“I saw the commotion and a woman lying between two vehicles, but did not go too close in a bid to try and give her some privacy. We asked for a wheelchair or some sort of covering for her as she was clearly in great distress.

“I don’t think it is so much that the staff was not helpful, but rather that she was already in labour. Maybe they could have done more to hide her or take her somewhere discreet, but it all happened so fast,” said another patient who did not want to be named.

No 24-hour service at clinic

Dr Nandi Qangule, Medical Director, Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre, confirmed that management was aware of the incident that took place on Monday morning, adding that the centre did not have a 24-hour service.

She said the woman was taken to their emergency room, and later transferred to Hillbrow Community Health Centre.

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