Hero Despatch cop goes beyond duty to help pregnant woman deliver baby girl

MARCH 29, 2017
Hero Despatch cop goes beyond duty to help pregnant woman deliver baby girl

A policeman from Despatch, just outside Port Elizabeth, has become a local hero after he went beyond the call of duty and assisted a woman in labour and also saved her baby girl’s life early on Wednesday morning.

"Today, at about 01:00, police responded to a call for police assistance at a house in Somi Street, Khayamnandi, Despatch. Little did Warrant Officer Roderick Middlecamp know that he would not only be fulfilling the role of a police officer, but also that of a ‘midwife’," described police spokesperson, Sergeant Majola Nkohli.

"When officers responded to the call, Warrant Officer Middlecamp found a woman inside the house about to give birth.

"He quickly realised the new born had her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck, stopping her breathing.

"Thanks to Warrant Officer Middlecamp’s instinct and quick thinking, he was able to release the cord, getting the baby to breathe until the ambulance arrived and took over."

Sergeant Nkohli said that the exhausted 23-year-old mother eventually gave birth to a healthy baby girl and were taken to the Uitenhage Hospital for further medical care and both are doing fine.

Despatch Acting Station Commander, Captain Flippie De Jager commended the officer’s sterling efforts in delivering the baby and for saving the new-born’s life.