Just before 8am on Thursday 3 October, Pelican Park resident Marchelene Carolus arrived at the Pelican Park Community Day Centre only eight days after they had opened their doors to the public.
The heavily pregnant mom-to-be was on her way to the Retreat Maternity and Obstetrics Unit where she was booked for her baby’s delivery, but sensing that she wouldn’t make it, the 20 year old Marchelene redirected to the Pelican Park Community Day Centre Clinic instead.
Staff members immediately sprang into action, helping the labouring mom-to-be get comfortable and then helped deliver her bundle of joy just half an hour later at 8.27am.
The baby boy, who has since been named Mikhail was judged to be in good health, weighing a hefty 3kg, before he and his mom were transported to their original destination in Retreat by ambulance.
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien, said this was an incredible story, and he was happy that the clinic staff were able to help deliver baby Mikhail safely.
“Births aren’t a common occurrence at our facilities, and this one was made all the more special by the fact that the clinic had only been in operation for eight days when this happened, so the timing was impeccable.”
Badroodien said they wished mom Marchelene and baby Mikhail all the very best, and hoped they would become regulars at the clinic for Mikhail’s future health checks.
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