Newborn baby dumped down 23ft storm drain is rescued ALIVE after passerby hears her cries

Newborn baby dumped down 23ft storm drain is rescued ALIVE after passerby hears her cries

A NEWBORN baby has been rescued ALIVE after being dropped 23 feet down a storm drain to die in South Africa after a passerby heard her cries. Offic

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A NEWBORN baby has been rescued ALIVE after being dropped 23 feet down a storm drain to die in South Africa after a passerby heard her cries.

Officials said the baby girl will make a full recovery following the miracle three hour recovery mission and police are treating the incident as attempted murder.

The infant was rescued ALIVE after being dropped down a storm drain in South Africa after a passerby heard her cries
The baby girl’s survival has been described as a ‘miracle’ and a ‘mercy from above’
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The baby girl’s survival has been described as a “miracle” and a “mercy from above”.

The infant was found in Durban when a resident who was out for an early morning walk thought he could hear a cat mewing from beneath a steel drain cover and lifted the lid up to look inside.

Lyron Lovdale climbed down inside the drain when he realised the noise might be a baby crying and shone a light into the pipe and saw the naked newborn.

He immediately raised the alarm and a full rescue operation swung into action involving the police, ambulance and fire brigade.

The team confirmed that a baby girl was stuck and was being washed further down the pipe and they had to dig a trench alongside it to try and get alongside it.

When they finally got to the baby they broke into the pipe and managed to reach in and grab her.

Three hours after first getting the call one of the rescuers shouted up that he had the baby girl and that she was still alive and she was pulled up and out to safety.

The naked baby was heard screaming as she is brought out into the sunlight for the first time since she was dumped and placed into a towel held by a paramedic.

She was examined by a team of advanced paramedics and, when she was given the all clear, was rushed to a waiting helicopter and taken to a nearby hospital for care.

Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Robert McKenzie said paramedics worked for three hours to get to the baby and were delighted to rescue her alive.

Any child who survives any amount of hours in a storm water pipe on days two or three after birth is a miracle… It is mercy from above that she is alive


Dr Timothy Hardcastle

He said: “Currently she is in a stable condition and our helicopter has taken off with the child to get her to hospital where doctors are waiting to receive her.”

Mr McKenzie said when rescuers first arrived she was two metres down the drown but was then washed about five or six metres further down the 30cm diameter drain.

He said they had to dig down alongside the drain and break into it to reach the baby.

The newborn baby who locals have named Storm after the water drain in which she was found – and her tempestuous start to life – will go into the South African care system.

Dr Timothy Hardcastle who examined the baby who was brought in by helicopter to Chief Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban described her survival as a “miracle”.

He told TimesLIVE: ‘I think any child who survives any amount of hours – and it sounds like it was at least four to five – in a storm water pipe on days two or three after birth is a miracle.

“It is mercy from above that she is alive,” he added.

The chief trauma specialist said the little girl was “healthy and in good spirits” despite having mild hypothermia adding: “She is responsive and crying but she will be fine.

“She is stable enough for transfer to one of the base hospitals where they can sort out the social side but from a medical point of view things are looking good,” he said.


Government health chief 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.

“This matter will have to be investigated, to find the parents,” he added.

A South African Police Service spokesman confirmed that the dumping of the new born baby down the storm drain is being treated as a case of attempted murder.

The team confirmed that a baby girl was stuck and was being washed further down the pipe and they had to dig a trench alongside it to try and get alongside it
SAPS
The baby girl was examined by a team of advanced paramedics and, when she was given the all clear, was rushed to a waiting helicopter and taken to a nearby hospital for care. It’s since been announced she will make a full recovery
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