Woman gives birth in a car

A WOMAN gave birth to a baby girl in the back of a car in Hillcrest yesterday, KwaZulu-Natal paramedics said.

A WOMAN gave birth to a baby girl in the back of a car in Hillcrest yesterday, KwaZulu-Natal paramedics said.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said: "The mother and baby are recovering well in hospital after giving birth in the back of a car this morning (Monday)."

Paramedics were stopped by members of the public who pointed out a car parked on the side of the road.

"Paramedics approached the car and found a young pregnant female about to give birth. They also noticed there were some complications and knew there was no time to get her to hospital," Banks said.

Banks said they helped the mother deliver the baby in the back of the car.

The baby seemed to be in a critical condition as she was not breathing or crying.

"Paramedics were able to revive the baby girl and hand her back to her overwhelmed mother," Banks said.

The mother and baby were transported to hospital by ambulance for further medical care.

In a separate incident, a woman was bitten by a crocodile in the Nqoleni area of the Umhlathuzi River, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

Captain Tienkie van Vuuren said: "The woman has been taken to hospital after she was bitten by a crocodile on her leg while fetching drinking water in the Umhlathuzi River."

The incident happened on Sunday afternoon. - Sapa

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