A CSS Tactical Strike member saved his neighbours’ newborn baby after it was delivered in their garden and apparently had breathing difficulties.
Officer CJ Korff, a CSS Tactical Strike Team member who works in the Parkhurst area of Johannesburg had just arrived at his home in Blairgowrie when he was called by a neighbour in a frantic state, Rosebank Killarney Gazette reported.
The neighbour’s wife had just given birth in the garden and the husband was panicking as the baby did not seem to be breathing.
“I have a lifelong passion for assisting the communities in which I work and live,” said Korff.
“I want to make South Africa a safer place, and so I hope I can make a difference by keeping the suburbs safe and crime free.”
According to Korff, when he got to the neighbour’s wife, the baby was still attached to the umbilical cord. Using the knowledge he gained during his 16 years with the police in which time he did a paramedic’s course, he was able to cut the umbilical cord, clear the baby’s airway and get the infant breathing. He also ensured the mother was in a stable state.
He took the newborn baby and sat in a vehicle with the heater on to keep the infant warm until an ambulance arrived. Mother and baby were taken tothe hospital.
Korff added, “It is always good to help someone, especially in such a dire situation. I am just glad I was there and able to help.”
In June, a motorist in KwaZulu-Natal performed midwife duties when a teenage girl gave birth on the front seat of her car.
Cindy Botha was travelling through Wentworth with her nine-year-old daughter when she noticed a young woman limping along the side of the road last week, Southlands Sun reported.
“I don’t normally stop to offer people lifts, but something in me said I should. She was with an elderly woman and when I asked what was wrong, she said she was in labour,” said Botha.
She quickly got her daughter into the back seat of the car and helped the woman, who was about 18 years old, into the front passenger seat.
“I could see the situation was dire. The baby’s head was already visible, so I rushed to Wentworth Hospital.”
After frantically searching for assistance, Botha tracked down some delivery nurses, who came to their aid.
– Caxton News Service