Police go the extra mile to help mom give birth
Pretoria – Two Limpopo law enforcement officers went above and beyond the call of duty when they helped a young mother deliver a bouncy baby girl in a police station boardroom in Roedtan, near Modimolle.
Sergeant Nkang Mogoru and Constable Solomon Mnisi were on duty on May 30 when a very pregnant woman entered a community service center complaining of labor pains. They escorted her to the police station meeting room. The duo worked together to help Courage Sithole, 23, who had tried to get to the clinic across the station but found it closed because it was a Sunday. This meant that the police station was his last resort.
Mogoru, 41, who has a nursing certificate, spoke to Pretoria News yesterday. “I was witnessing a robbery case not far from the police station when Officer Mnisi called me to help a pregnant woman who had entered the station,” she said. “We first tried to get an ambulance, but found it was 47 km away. I had no choice but to give birth and save the mother’s life by removing the placenta – it could have caused her death.
“She couldn’t walk on her own, so I took her to the meeting room where I put the blanket down and asked my colleague (Mnisi) to help me after I got my medical kit.
“We delivered a healthy baby girl and I cut the umbilical cord and removed the mother’s placenta before sending her to Naboom Health Care Center for observation.”
Mogoru, who joined SAPS 17 years ago. “After I got my nurse and paramedic certificate, I struggled to find a job for five years until I was finally admitted to SAPS,” she said.
This is not the first time Mogoru has gone above and beyond his duty. In 2009, she helped a new mother who had given birth by cutting the umbilical cord and removing the placenta, and in 2012, she helped another mother give birth while on duty.
“I help with the skills I learned in nursing school even though I don’t practice nursing,” she said.
Limpopo police spokesman Col. Moatshe Ngoepe said: his own emergency kit and resources.
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