On the 11th of June at 3AM a TBA (traditional birth attendant) called to ask for help from Daaba, a place located 56 kms from Isiolo. She had a neighbor, a young girl around 16-18 years old, in prolonged labor but before term. After reassuring her, the ambulance and driver were released to go and collect them.The road is horrible, but the driver arrived safely and picked up the young mother, TBA, and her relative to bring them to MaterCare's St. John Paul II hospital.
On the way, her labor was aggravated by the rough road, and the mother had strong contractions. Since the ambulance had a delivery pack and other necessities, she was encouraged to push. Just a few kilometers from the hospital, she delivered a male child. The child was in good health, though born premature.
The mother was examined, and was diagnosed with placenta delayed separation. They rushed her to the hospital immediately and arrived at the labor ward. The placenta was delivered, and the mother, who had sustained a third degree tear, was treated in the theater.
Baby was examined and weighed 2800 grams (6.2lbs), breastfeeding initiated. Due to much blood loss the mother had dizziness, she had not attended antenatal clinic, and her blood count was low. She was given Ranferon and IV infusions until she was stable. The TBA and relatives thanked the hospital staff and MaterCare that saved both their girl's life that of the baby.