How Nairobi Smokie Seller Helped Woman Deliver Within the Busy CBD

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Nairobi Smokie Seller Abandons Job to Help Expectant Mother Deliver:

  • Dominic Gekonge drew the birthing experience from what he witnessed when his wife was giving birth
  • He ran to the nearby facility but the doctor told him he was busy and only gave him wrapped clips and a surgical blade
  • Women who were watching him marvelled after Gekonge managed to deliver the baby who was in breech position

Nancy Odindo, a journalist at TUKO.co.ke, brings more than three years of experience covering politics, news, and feature stories across digital and print media in Kenya.

In a heartwarming incident in Nairobi’s bustling CBD, a woman found herself in the throes of labour with no one to help except a 27-year-old man who showed sympathy.

Dominic Gekonge (left frame) and Rose Atieno (right frame). He helped her deliver in the absence of doctors.
Dominic Gekonge (l) and Rose Atieno after Atieno’s delivery (r). Photo: NTV Kenya.
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On the Sunday, March 31 incident, Dominic Gekonge who typically sells smokies and boiled eggs, noticed Rose Atieno’s distress and acted swiftly.

Despite facing initial obstacles when seeking help from nearby hospital staff, who were occupied with other duties, NTV Kenya reported that Gekonge remained undeterred.

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“I hurried to the nearby health facility to contact the doctor, but he was busy. I persisted, informing him of the urgency and the presence of two women besides myself. Eventually, he provided me with wrapped clips and a surgical blade,” he recalled.

What is breech birth?

With remarkable composure, Gekonge sprang into action, and guided Atieno through the birthing process, recalling the instructions provided during his wife’s delivery.

Despite the challenging breech position of the baby, Gekonge’s calm demeanour and resourcefulness prevailed.

According to Cleveland Clinic, a breech birth occurs when the baby is born with their bottom, legs, or knees coming out first, instead of their head.

Most breech babies will turn to a head-first position by 36 weeks. Some breech babies can be born vaginally, but a C-section is usually recommended.

Onlookers marvelled at his courage and quick thinking as he skillfully managed the situation even without formal medical expertise.

“When I returned from the hospital, I found that the baby’s legs were already out. I had to think to pull out the head. I quickly sprang into action to assist the new mother, recalling what I had witnessed and heard during my child’s birth and used that knowledge to guide the new mother through the delivery process until we successfully welcomed the baby into the world,” Gekonge explained.

In the aftermath of the delivery, Gekonge went above and beyond, ensuring that both mother and child received further medical attention.

He assisted the family in arranging a taxi to transport the woman and her newborn to the hospital for a thorough examination.

Reflecting on the unexpected turn of events, Atieno expressed her gratitude towards Gekonge, stating;

“I had never met him before. This was our first encounter.”

TikToker comes to rescue of street woman

In another story, a Kenyan TikToker took to the platform to share the distressing story of a woman who lives in the streets with her children.

The woman had been reportedly losing her children two weeks after birth.

The Tiktoker attributed her sad experience to the situations she subjects her children to including the cold weather in Eastleigh and feeding them yoghurt after they turn 14 days old.

Source: TUKO.co.ke

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