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All in a day’s work: Risk managers deliver baby


Two disaster risk management officials in Cape Town, South Africa, helped deliver a baby boy in a public bathroom on Sunday, according to media reports.

Risk managers Sam Freeman and Dominique Daniels were on duty assisting with a local children’s program when two police officers approached them about what was transpiring in a nearby public bathroom, a city official told News 24. 

The pair rushed into the toilet and found the mom-to-be in pain on the bathroom floor. Mr Freeman proceeded to help her deliver the baby while Ms. Daniels relayed the situation to emergency personnel who were en route.

Mr. Freeman kept the baby wrapped in a blanket provided by a bystander and waited for the ambulance to arrive in order to cut the umbilical cord.

The baby boy was named Samuel, according to media reports, which did not confirm if he was named after the risk manager that delivered him.

 “Yet again, our staff members have done the City proud,” a city official told the media. “We’re told the mom was only six months pregnant, so the actions of Freeman and Daniels are to be commended. If they hadn’t responded in the way they did, the situation might have turned out differently."