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Rescued Mums Give Birth To Baby Girls

Rescued Mums Give Birth To Baby Girls
The National Fire Authority rescue squad (from left): Inoke Raleba, Josaia Vakalala, Varunn Kumar, Kinijoji Cakobau, Kalaveti Vatuinaruku, Josefa Waqabaca with Swastika Archana Raju and her new-born daughter on April 2, 2018. Missing is sub-officer Simione Qiolevu. Photo: Peni Komaisavai
April 03
12:18 2018

Mums and babies are well!

That was the message of over­whelming joy from the maternity wing of the Ba Mission Hospital.

The two mothers who delivered baby girls yesterday were the very ones rescued at the at the height of heavy floods from a rural Ba canefarming area by seven National Fire Authority personnel. This was barely 24 hours after the daring evacuation mission.

Both women, Swastika Archana Raju, 27, and Ivamere Lewawai, 27, were counting the hours during the time of the rescue.

They both gave birth to baby girls, whom they referred to as their ‘miracle babies’. Ms Raju said if it were not for the gallant ef­forts and bravery of the NFA personnel she would not have made it to hospital on time.

“At one stage, I thought I was going to give birth on the boat, but the firefighters were very helpful … instructing me to keep calm, while they swam us to safety,” Ms Raju said.

“But now we are here and I have given birth to a beautiful baby girl and I thank them for that.” This is her first child.

And, yesterday Ms Raju while resting in hospital, was even happier at the sight of the very heroes who rescued her.

Ms Lewawai shared the same sentiments and was grateful for the firefighters’ brave­efforts in bringing them to the safety of the Ba Mission Hospital’s maternity unit.

The NFA rescue squad swam and carried the two women through flooded sugar-cane fields and strong Ba River currents to get them to safety.

Ba based Fiji Firefighters Rescue Squad at Ba Bus Stand, yesterday. PICTURE_ PENI KOMAISAVAI1

NFA Green Watch Officer-in-Charge Kini­joji Cakobau said they received the call at around 8:30am on Sunday.

“It all happened so fast. We received the call, realised what was at stake and we were just doing our jobs,” Mr Cakobau said.

He said they were thankful to be in a posi­tion to help fellow Fijians.

“We are happy to help. We want to wish the two ladies, their babies and all their fami­lies the very best.”

The members of the Green Watch rescue squad are Mr Cakobau, Sub-officer Simione Qiolevu, Leading Firefighter Rasheed Ali, Qualified Firefighter Inoke Raleba, Fire fighters Saiasi Higawale, Kalaveti Vaui­naruku and Josaia Vakalala.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa


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