Friday, 22 February, 2019

Newborn girl rescued from drain pipe in Durban

PR councillor Shotel De Boer with residents PR councillor Shotel De Boer with residents
Ellis Copeland | 12 February, 2019, 15:40

A newborn baby girl was rescued from a stormwater drain in South Africa on Monday (Feb. 11) after being stuck for several hours. "Our miracle baby was taken out of the drain alive, looking healthy and strong", a relieved Cox said.

"Rescue workers are busy trying to get to the baby at the moment", said Rescue Care's operations director, Garrith Jamieson.

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.

According to residents, a taxi driver is said to have spotted a young girl sitting on the drain with a pad during the early hours of the morning, prior to the baby being discovered.

The area was cordoned off by police
The area was cordoned off by police

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".

It is not known how the baby got there, or who the mother is.

The baby was recovered and flown to a hospital in Durban where she was reportedly treated for mild hypothermia. "The baby has now been transferred to a step down hospital".

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