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Pretoria – A police officer in Mpumalanga has been applauded for “going beyond the call of duty” after helping a woman give birth while awaiting the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS) personnel.
“It is reported that 31-year-old Constable Nelisiwe Piyose and Sergeant Tebogo Nkomo, both stationed at Sakhile Police Station, were on their routine patrols on Sunday when they noticed a pregnant woman who appeared to be in pain, seated. by the side of the road. Officer Piyose allegedly asked his colleague to turn around to check if the woman was okay, ”said Mpumalanga police spokesman Colonel Donald Mdhluli.
When the police reached the woman, they found that she was “screaming because of unbearable labor pains.”
“Seeing that she was about to give birth, Piyose, a mother of two, acted as a midwife and helped the woman deliver a healthy baby boy. Right after the baby was born, EMS staff arrived and took the mother and baby to Sakhile hospital for medical treatment, ”Mdhluli said.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela, recognized Piyose’s dedication and praised her for saving the precarious pregnant woman.
“The provincial commissioner [Manamela] praised the MP for going the extra mile to help the woman give birth to her baby safely. The general further indicated that the member has the character of a real police officer and that sometimes members will have to perform certain tasks beyond their hierarchical functions, ”said Mdhluli.
In April, two police officers from Mpumalanga were praised for helping another woman give birth at the entrance to their Bethal post.
Sergeant Itumeleng Motalane and Constable Tilane Lebitsa were on duty when a community member alerted them that a woman in labor was calling for help outside the police station. They rushed to the scene and found the 35-year-old Congolese woman with her husband and sister.
“The woman was screaming from the excruciating pains of childbirth. Noticing that she was about to give birth, Motalane, who was then joined by Constable Lebitsa, acted as a midwife and helped the woman deliver her fourth healthy baby boy, ”said Mdhluli said in a statement at the time.
“After the baby was born, the police took the mother and her baby to Bethal Hospital for a medical assessment. They were then admitted to the hospital and the child was declared healthy and strong.
Motalane, who is also a mother of four, said she couldn’t find hand gloves that didn’t prevent her from helping the woman in labor.