The Omuramba MyCiTi station in Racecourse Road in Table View turned into a maternity ward for a few minutes on Monday 14 March 2016, when MyCiTi personnel assisted a pregnant commuter to deliver a healthy baby boy. Read more below:
The hero on the day was Xolani Stofile, a MyCiTi station manager (pictured above) with first-aid experience, who was visiting personnel at the Omuramba station.‘It was just after 13:00 when Xolani noticed the pregnant woman waiting at the door to the ladies bathroom, which was occupied at that stage. 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,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councilor Brett Herron.
As this drama was unfolding, other MyCiTi personnel evacuated the front end of the station to give the mother and child some privacy.
‘Luckily the station was not busy at the time. The personnel sent for an ambulance who took the 31-year-old mother and newborn child to the Somerset Hospital. The father told us this morning that he is extremely grateful to Xolani and to all of those who assisted his wife and boy, whom they have named Gilbert Gabriel,’ said Councillor Herron.
Gilbert and his mother have been discharged from hospital and are now back at home in Joe Slovo.
‘We are extremely proud of Xolani who stepped up and assisted the mother during this difficult time. He may want to consider a career as a professional “mid-husband”,’ said Councillor Herron.