Newborn girl rescued from drain pipe in Durban

Blanche Robertson
February 12, 2019

Rescue workers in South Africa pulled a newborn baby from a storm drain in a four-hour operation that ended with whoops and cheers from onlookers.

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. "It is mercy from above that she is alive‚" said Hardcastle.

He said she was transported to Albert Luthuli Hospital via the AMS Medical Helicopter.

The baby was found trapped inside the drain and emergency services worked to free the girl.

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The baby was recovered and flown to a hospital in Durban where she was reportedly treated for mild hypothermia.

Rescue Care Paramedics, one of the groups that helped to extricate the infant girl in Durban, says it is unclear why the baby was "dumped" and that police are investigating.

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).

Some 3,500 babies are abandoned a year and the social services will take over now and allocate the baby to a nursery and then try and find parents who wish to adopt.

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