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Irene Kabongo, a professional nurse, was on her way home after a job interview when she boarded the MyCiTi bus at Woodbridge Island on Thursday evening, 13 December 2018. Her skills as a professional nurse came in handy when she assisted a pregnant MyCiTi passenger to give birth to a healthy baby girl at the MyCiTi station in Milnerton shortly before 20:00 last night. Read more below:

‘I sat down next to a pregnant woman who told me she was not feeling well at all. She was on her way to Somerset Hospital as she was having contractions. I asked her about the sequence of the contractions and realised that she was going to give birth very soon. So I phoned the emergency number in the bus and then we got off at Milnerton station,’ said Kabongo, a mother herself.

Once at the station, Kabongo made the 33-year old pregnant woman comfortable on a blanket.

Anele Damgazele, a security guard on duty at the station, assisted.

‘The baby wanted to come, I could see the head and told the guard to go fetch the emergency kit quick for scissors and bandages. I always walk with my gloves, so I put them on. Then she pushed and the baby was out and I cut the umbilical cord. I’m proud and happy that the knowledge I have saved a life,’ said Kabongo.

By the time the ambulance arrived, the new-born baby girl and mother were ready to be transferred to Somerset Hospital.

Unathi Nzintha, from Dunoon, told the City from her hospital bed that she is planning to name her girl ‘Blessing’ because ‘it was a blessing that the nurse was there, next to me, when I needed her. She did a great job; she did everything perfect.’

Blessing weighs 2,4 kg and is as healthy as any other new-born baby, her mother said.

‘This is a wonderful, joyous anecdote. I’m very proud of Nurse Irene and Unathi for delivering this new life in difficult circumstances. All of us, from the City to the contractors who provide and operate the MyCiTi service, celebrated this good news after we’d been told what happened. I wish Unathi and Blessing a blessed new year. I also hope that Nurse Irene is successful with her job application. The skills and calmness she displayed during this emergency are testimony of her character and skills,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee for Transport, Alderman Felicity Purchase.

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