HAWKERS and pedestrians watched in shock yesterday when a woman gave birth at Durban’s Warwick Avenue market!

Siphindile Maphumulo (20) of Mayville was forced to bring her baby into the world on the busy street after it became clear that the taxi she was travelling in wasn’t going to get her to hospital on time. Luckily street vendor Sibongile Mkhize (54) acted quickly.

Fire fighters. photo by tumi pakkies_360x240_BShe told Daily Sun: “Siphindile was left with me by a woman on the taxi who said she couldn’t help because she had to get to work.

“I told her to lie down and remove her panty and quickly went to buy a razor to cut the umbilical cord.

“By the time I got back, the baby’s head was already showing. A shoemaker next to me gave me a big cloth to cover her. People gathered to see what was going on.

“I asked her to push and in no time the baby girl was out. I then cut the cord and made Siphindile blow hard to get the placenta out.”

Shortly after the birth, paramedics arrived at the scene. Sibongile said Siphindile was the fifth person she helped give birth.

“I used to watch what the elders did when I lived in the rural areas,” she said.

Siphindile had to use plastic bags and her shirt to cover the newborn. She named the baby Makethe (marketplace), in honour of Sibongile.

She said: “I can never thank you enough for saving my little girl’s life. I will always be grateful.”

Paramedic Nosipho Dlamini said: “We have to assess her at the hospital.”

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