- Virginia Aoko said her mother, Judith Anyango Akala, woke her up at 3am on Tuesday, May 18 while in labour
- The denarian said her father had gone fishing in the deeper stretches of Lake Victoria
- In a move that has left many in awe, the girl asked her mother to board a boat, she grabbed a paddle and rowed her to the hospital
A 12-year-old girl from Rukala village, Busia county, has become a sensation after courageously rowing her pregnant mother across Lake Victoria to a hospital late in the night.
Virginia Aoko said her mother, Judith Anyango Akala, woke her up at 3am on Tuesday, May 18, and the urgency in her voice prompted her to act fast.
Speaking to Nation, Aoko said she thought her small brother, who had malaria, was convulsing or there was another emergency that required them to move from the camp they were staying after their home was submerged by the back-flow of water from Lake Victoria.
Mother in labour
However, the Class Seven pupil at Budala Primary School found out that her mother was in labour and needed urgent medical attention.
With her father having gone fishing in the deeper stretches of the lake, the denarian knew the fate of her mother's life and her unborn sibling lied in her hands.
In a move that has left many in awe, the girl, in the chilly darkness, asked her mother to board a boat, grabbed a paddle and rowed her to the hospital.
“I was worried that if I did not act fast enough, she might lose the baby and perhaps die from the labour complications."
With the water hyacinth, tangled reeds, foggy dawn weather, the determined tiny girl rowed her mother the two kilometres stretch to Rukala Health Centre.
She said the facility's nurses quickly responded and helped her mother deliver safely to a baby boy.
“I didn’t want to lose my mother and become an orphan. I also knew if I didn’t take the risk she might have lost the baby."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that two police officers, Sergeant Itumeleng Motalane and Constable Tilane Lebitsa, both stationed at Bethal SAPS, were celebrated as heroines after they successfully assisted a woman to give birth near the police station gate.
An unidentified man noticed a heavily pregnant woman walking near the police station crying for help. Panicked and unsure of what action to take, the gentlemen then alerted Sergeant Motalane about the situation.