Minibus taxi incident but this one has a happy ending as paramedics arrive in time to deliver a baby

19 May 2017 | From Arrive Alive


At approximately 11H56 on Friday morning 19 May 2017, Netcare 911 paramedics were called to assist at a childbirth in a minibus taxi on the M13 next to the St Johns bridge on-ramp in Pinetown.

The pregnant 31-year-old lady went into labour unexpectedly whilst commuting in the minibus taxi. The driver was made aware of the situation and he pulled over to the middle island. RTI traffic officers who were stationed nearby went to investigate and were told of the situation. They knew that the Netcare 911 paramedics were stationed nearby so one rushed to their location to call for help. Paramedics responded to the incident and arrived on the scene within about two minutes. There was no time to move the mum to the ambulance and the minibus taxi was emptied to create space and privacy. The Netcare 911 team safely delivered the baby in the taxi before moving mum and her little girl to the ambulance.

Although the baby was premature, both patients were in a stable condition and were transported to the hospital for further medical care. Thanks to the swift action of the traffic officer, the paramedics arrived just in time to take control of the situation and assist as nature followed its course.

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