A male Nurse simply identified as Nrs. Chijioke has taken to his official Twitter page to narrate how he rescued a pregnant woman by helping her deliver her baby during one of his return trips from Benin to Asaba.
Read the full story below……
Last year on one of my return trips from Benin to Asaba, I was in the bus with this pregnant woman, I noticed her discomfort and how she was breathing, I could tell she was in labour, I was silently praying we got to Asaba before anything serious happened.
Last year on one of my return trips from Benin to Asaba, I was in the bus with this pregnant woman, I noticed her discomfort and how she was breathing, I could tell she was in labour, I was silently praying we got to Asaba before anything serious happened. Unfortunately the bus.. https://t.co/VPLicqQCi2
— Nrs. Chijioke(Tcheeji) (@TCHEEJI) July 9, 2020
Unfortunately the bus developed a fault just about 15 after benin bypass, time was around past 4. We all came down and were waiting for the driver to fix the bus. She was inside the bus, my eyes were unconsciously on her. I took them of her to press my phone, suddenly I heard a loud scream,
Looked up with panic and she was crying and shouting my baby my baby. I knew right then that I had to do something. Apparently her water broke over 4 hours ago but she didn’t even know the difference as she was a new mother and wasn’t going for antenatal, she felt She could get to her sister’s place in Asaba before night fall.
I asked for anyone with alcohol as my hands weren’t clean for a V.E, got some Chelsea dry gin, was able to get black nylons from other passengers, I turned the bus to a make shift hospital. Asked all the men to stay far off, and the women helped me with wrappers I used as a screen. I tied the nylons with the help of one lady, while they poured the gin on the nylons as a form of sterilisation.
I did a V.E for the woman and she was already 8cm dilated. Quite surprising for a new mother. Baby was well positioned, it was already past 5, and were we were was quite dangerous, meanwhile the men were trying to wave down a vehicle that could take her to the nearest station while the driver was still trying to fix the bus.
I had to keep her hydrated. Kept giving her water told her to reserve her strength. I had braced up to take the delivery as all hopes of either fixing the bus or getting a lift was fast getting dashed while still checking her contractions.
Around 5.40, I wanted to do another V.E. as soon as she opened her legs, I could see the baby had crowned. I quickly checked if the cervix was fully effaced,and it was. I told two women to stay each by her side, though the chairs were a huge barrier. While one held one of her legs, the other was besides her.
I told her to take a deep breathe and as soon as she starts to feel pain again, she should look at her belly button and push with all her strength. First attempt, second and third attempt after the baby’s head was born, chord was round the neck, baby was blue.
I quickly unwrapped the chord and told her to push again, she did and baby came out with a little cry, I quickly asked one of the women beside her to pull out a loose thread from the mothers gown, we tied on the cord and I used a blade to cut the cord, it was rough but did the trick.
Baby was blue, I was lost between resuscitating the baby and delivering the placenta, I eventually settled for the former while I talk one of the women through on the latter. Just then a pilot Jeep pulled over, but I had to finish the delivery before we move anywhere.
I eventually delivered the placenta, cleaned the woman up and was checking the baby vitals while we were rushed to fmc Asaba, we got there and they took over the care. I felt fulfilled, even though it was scary. I’ve never shared this story with anyone until now, I guess it is worth sharing.