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By unknown | Jan 24, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Victor Hlungwani

A visiting 20-year-old Zimbabwean mother was waiting to catch a taxi when she went into labour and gave birth in the hands of two Good Samaritans.

Bridget Mabasa was at the Giyani taxi rank in Limpopo, travelling with her two-year-old daughter from Zimbabwe to Tzaneen, when she felt labour pains.

She asked for help from passersby, who ignored her. So she put down linen to prepare herself to deliver the baby.

Two staff members at a local medical aid company, PFM, took her away so that she could deliver the baby in the company's offices.

Sophie Gumesani and Tinyiko Sibiya started to lead Mabasa to their offices, but she delivered a baby girl into their hands before they reached their destination.

Mabasa and the baby were later admitted to the Nkhensani Hospital.

Her two-year-old daughter was with the young mother at the hospital.

"I am happy about what happened to me," she said.

"People gathered around me to see how I was giving birth. They ignored me after they heard from my accent that I am from Zimbabwe and no one was interested in helping until those two women helped me," Mabasa said.

She was going to Tzaneen to visit her father, who works there.

Joe Mukasi, a pastor and manager at PFM, was thankful to his staff for helping the young woman.

"It is important that people have the hearts to help others, even if they are strangers," he said.


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