Among the grand celebration and fanfare, Guyanese born nurses, Bonita Montaque an ex-Guyana Police Force Sergeant, and Beverly Samuels never expected that they would be delivering babies on the streets of New York after a single mother of Guyanese parentage went into labour during the A Partnership for National Unity +Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) victory rally Sunday June 13.
Quick response by the Guyanese nurses saw the safe delivery of twin boys who were immediately named David and Moses after the new Guyanese President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo.
It’s understood that while the victory parade was ongoing the American woman went into labour on Church Avenue, delivering David at 16: 37 hours between East 48 and 49 with the assistance of the ladies. By that time, a vehicle had rendered assistance after the ambulance summoned was taking much time to reach the birthing mother. Moses was born later at 17:16hours at the Brookdale Hospital.
Montaque said that, “the mom’s parents new about David and Moses but the girl did not know so we suggested and they agreed.” The nurses said that they also attended to several other cases as volunteer nurses at the parade including chest discomfort and fainting spells. “Glad we could help,” they exclaimed. The nurses were later recognized for their efforts during an appreciation ceremony on Church Avenue last Friday.
The victory parade and rally was organized by Guyanese living in the North American country and some of those here. Among those persons were Rickford Burke, Bobby Vieira, Irvin Washington, Sherry Fraser, Ewart Marshal and Fitz Sampson.
Doris Rodney of the Hill Restaurant and bar originally popped the idea for the march. Some 10,000 was said to have attended the event.