Newborn baby pulled from storm drain after people heard crying

Newborn baby pulled from storm drain after people heard crying

Kerry Wise
February 13, 2019

KZN health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo‚ who went to the hospital to see the newborn‚ said the baby would be moved to a smaller hospital‚ then discharged to a place of safety.

Paramedics attend to the baby girl after she was rescued. "To be found alive and well, crying and in good spirits, I really do think it's a miracle". "Rescue efforts are underway try to rescue it", he said.

She escaped with only a mild case of hypothermia and "a few minor abrasions", according to local journalist Bernadette Wilks. Police are investigating how the newborn ended up in the storm drain. "I thought no, it sounds like a kitty cat and I looked further down and saw it was a baby", said Lovedale. "The whole community is elated that she has been rescued", she said.

Robert Mckenzie, KZN EMS spokesman, said the baby girl had been washed around five metres down the pipe (which is around six centimetres in diameter). "We thank God for her".

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The newborn, which doctors believe is no more than three-days-old, was freed from the drain on Monday morning after passersby heard her crying.

She was quickly treated by paramedics before being flown by helicopter to Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital.

The area was dug up and a chisel and hammer were used to break into the drain.