Gqeberha police come to rescue of woman who gave birth under a bridge

Warrant Officer Werner Maree and Constable Shaneez Daniels with the baby they rescued.

Warrant Officer Werner Maree and Constable Shaneez Daniels with the baby they rescued. Photo: Supplied

A SAPS Mount Road member and a K9 unit member came to the rescue of a pregnant woman who had given birth under a bridge this afternoon, 14 August in an extremely cold and rainy Gqeberha.

According to Colonel Priscilla Naidu, police spokesperson, it is alleged that at about 14:00, W/O Werner Maree of SAPS Mount Road and his colleague were patrolling in North End when they were flagged down by a person.

“The incoherent person rambled something and pointed towards the bridge. The members rushed towards that direction expecting to attend to a crime scene, however, when they stopped their vehicle and enquired from another person, the police officers were informed that a woman needed assistance as she was giving birth,” Naidu said.

The members rushed to the corners of Green and Adcock Streets where they found the woman covered in a blanket. She had already given birth but the umbilical cord was still attached and wound around the baby’s neck.

“An ambulance was immediately requested and on hearing the nature of the situation, Constable Shaneez Daniels from the K9 unit rushed to assist. Both officers managed to carefully cut the cord and the baby boy, who was already turning blue, was taken into the police vehicle while waiting for medical help. He was covered in a blanket and kept warm by Daniels.”

The child, who weighs 2,6kg’s, was safely taken to hospital by ambulance and is reported to be in a healthy condition.

“Maree later felt very jubilant for playing such an active role of bringing forth a life into this world as he too, was celebrating his birthday today.”

Nelson Mandela Bay District Commissioner, Major General Vuyisile Ncata applauded the excellent efforts of the police members for delivering on their mandate of ensuring the safety of citizens.

“Not very often our members are faced with situations such as this but their level of experience and calm always plays a pivotal role in handling any situation. Had they not reacted so swiftly, the situation may not have been as joyous as it now is. Their efforts are truly commendable,” beamed Ncata.