A healthy baby boy has been born in a fire engine in Edenvale, Ekurhuleni, after responders were alerted to a young mother in the throes of labour.
Disaster and Emergency Management Services spokesperson William Ntladi said the baby boy was born on Monday.
“At around 4.22pm, firefighters from Edenvale fire station were on their way back from a vehicle on fire-call when they were alerted to a maternity patient in her mid-twenties who was in active labour on the side of the road.”
Ntladi said the incident happened at the corner of Van Riebeeck and 7th Streets in Edenvale.
“Firefighters were alerted by members of the public and had to stop immediately for inspection.”
He said the mother’s water had already broken and she was in active labour.
“The patient was taken in the fire engine and speedily drove away from the public eyes to [the] fire station to render necessary medical treatment. Just before the vehicle could stop, while still at the main entrance of the fire station, a healthy baby boy was born in the fire engine.”
Ntladi said medical care for both the mother and the baby was rendered prior to transportation by ambulance to Edenvale hospital for further medical care.
– African News Agency