Firefighters In S/Africa Help Woman Deliver Her Baby On Rooftop
In what has been applauded even beyond the South African enclave, the City of Cape Town firefighters in South Africa have been lauded for their swift response after they helped deliver a baby on a rooftop on Tuesday.
In a statement, iol.com quoted mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, as saying that the crew from Belhar Fire Station received a call just before 5 am and when they got to the address, found a woman in labour on the roof of the house.
According to Smith, the roof was the only way the woman could get out of the yard from the residence. She shortly gave birth to a baby boy.
Firefighters from the Belhar station delivered a baby on a roof on Tuesday morning. Photo: Supplied by City of Cape Town
“Staff clamped and cut the baby’s umbilical cord, and monitored his vitals until the rescue vehicle arrived from Epping Fire Station,” Smith said.
“Firefighters also assisted the mom and baby from the roof.”
The mother and newborn baby were transported to the hospital soon afterwards.
This is not the first time members of this fire crew have stepped up to help a baby. On October 9, a two-week-old baby boy was brought to the fire station by his family, unresponsive and not breathing.
The crew members sprang into action and gave the baby cardiopulmonary resuscitation, after which he started breathing again. Once stable, the child was transported to Tygerberg Hospital in Parow by ambulance.
At the time, Smith commended the crew for saving the young baby’s life.
“Our emergency services exist to ensure the safety and the well-being of all our residents and it is heart-warming to know that the community can turn to our services when in need,” he said.