Sometimes a human life depends on having the right person, in the right place, at the right time.
Yngve Wiik, Chief Superintendent of Norwegian Police, an officer with sixteen years of police experience, started his deployment with the #UnitedNations Mission in South Sudan in April. Before joining the police, he worked for two years as a paramedic in the ambulance service.
On the 9 June, at around 9pm, Yngve was conducting a vehicle patrol in a Protection of Civilians site in Juba when he heard another officer reporting on the radio that there was a woman about to deliver a child. “I rushed there and found an exhausted young woman, about 20 years old, ready to give birth. The ambulance had already been called, but I realized that there was not enough time, and that the child would be delivered right there, at the gate,” Yngve recalled.
He laid the woman on his raincoat, utilized gloves from an emergency medical kit and within a couple of minutes the child was born. “It was a beautiful baby girl, healthy and crying.” Yngve fixed the umbilical cord and when the ambulance arrived, mother and baby were taken to the clinic. Yngve then found Sarah’s husband, Franco, and drove him there to join them.
Sarah and Franco came to the the UN mission’s compound in January 2014 with thousands of other South Sudanese seeking shelter and protection. “For me this was a very special situation. Even though I’ve had experience with child-delivery, it has never happened under such extreme conditions,” Yngve said.
Sarah named her daughter Happy. They are both doing well.