Surprise! Joburg mother welcomed her newborn girl with a helping hand – four actually – from JMPD officers. We obtained an exclusive snapshot of the gentlemen.
Johannesburg, South Africa (22 July 2021) – Johannesburg Metro Police (JMPD) officers experienced a shift they’ll never forget when they helped a woman give birth near a taxi rank.
Police say, two officers, Evans Mathekga Lebepe and Danny Ledwaba, were on patrol when they were approached by a man who explained that there was a lady in parturition near the Bree Taxi Rank.
The taxistand is by its very nature surrounded by a continuous flow of pedestrian and vehicle traffic frequenting this frenetic district.
Upon the heroes in blue’s arrival, they noticed the lady was indeed in labour and was about to give birth. But while waiting for an ambulance to assist, the baby had other plans and popped out right there and then. It did not wait for the medics to arrive, but it did require some medical assistance.
The two officers not only got the baby breathing, but they also tied her umbilical cord with shoelaces and used scissors to cut it.
“Officer Lebepe using his instincts measured the umbilical cord and used the shoelaces and scissors to cut it,” Xolani Fihla, JMPD spokesperson, said.
“What’s even more endearing to this story is the fact that a bystander purchased the shoelaces and scissors,” Fihla added.
Thereafter the ambulance soon arrived and took the healthy baby girl and mother to the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital for observation.
The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department management commends the officers for the great work done by serving the City of Johannesburg and its residents with pride and dedication.