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Miracle premature baby given a second chance in life

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Miracle premature baby given a second chance in life

Kwazulu-Natal: At 08:27 Monday morning Netcare 911 received a call from a distressed homeowner in Danville Avenue Durban North who reported that her domestic helper had collapsed in her driveway and was in the process of giving birth.

Paramedics rushed to the scene and while en-route had received an update that the baby had been delivered however showed no signs of life.

A member of staff from a nearby school who was qualified in first-aid had rushed over to help and had initiated bystander CPR.

On arrival paramedics found the neonate male lying on the floor with the placenta still attached, unresponsive and gasping for air.

A full advanced life support resuscitation was initiated by a team of Netcare 911 Emergency Care Practitioners who battled to fully revive the twenty-four week premature baby.

The mother had also been assessed and treated on scene by a second team of Netcare 911 medics who found her to be in a stable condition.Miracle premature baby given a second chance in life

Following a concerted effort the neonate had begun to show signs of improvement.

While being stabilised the child and mother were prepared for transport to hospital.

While en-route the child’s physical appearance and vital signs had improved to an acceptable standard.

Both mom and baby were safely handed over to hospital staff.

This once again highlights the importance of learning how to do effective CPR as without this knowledge that the school staff member had the outcome would of most likely been different.

Seen in the photo below from left to right: Anuschka Killian, Wesley Baldeo and Barry Debipershad watch over a very stable miracle baby.

Shawn Herbst
Media Liaison Officer
Netcare Limited
Netcare 911
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