The station manager of the Omuramba MyCiTi station in Racecourse Road, Table View came to the rescue recently when he paved the way for the delivery of a bouncing baby boy, the City of Cape Town said on Thursday.
“It was just after 13:00 [on Monday] when Xolani [Stofile] noticed the pregnant woman waiting at the door to the ladies’ bathroom, which was occupied at that stage,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport for Cape Town Brett Herron.
“She seemed to be in pain and then her water broke unexpectedly. Xolani stepped up like a professional ‘mid-husband’, removing her stockings just in time and making her comfortable as she was giving birth to a beautiful and healthy baby boy.”
Stofile, who has first-aid experience, and the rest of the MyCiti staff managed to clear the front of the station to give the mother and her newborn privacy.
“Luckily the station was not busy at the time,” said Herron.
The 31-year-old mother and her baby boy, who has been named Gilbert Gabriel, were then transported from the station to the Somerset Hospital.
Baby Gilbert and his mother have since been discharged from hospital and are now back at home in Joe Slovo.
Herron said the father told the City on Thursday morning that he was “extremely grateful to Xolani and to all of those who assisted his wife and boy”.
Herron also expressed the City’s admiration of their employee: “We are extremely proud of Xolani who stepped up and assisted the mother during this difficult time.”[Source: African News Agency]