Newborn baby pulled from storm drain after people heard crying

Newborn baby pulled from storm drain after people heard crying

Newborn baby pulled from storm drain after people heard crying

The infant was airlifted from the scene and is being treated at Durban's Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital.

Rescue teams have begun digging a trench into a stormwater drain in Newlands East on Monday to reach a newborn baby that is presumed to have been dumped.

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

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.

He added that the child will now be transferred to a different hospital where social services will look after her future welfare.

Emergency services had to dig down to the pipe where the baby was trapped, before cutting the pipe and carefully extracting the baby, said Robert Mckenzie, KZN EMS spokesperson.

Thelma Johnson who lives next door to where rescue workers and paramedics drilled for the baby, said, "Today is my birthday and I feel like this miracle baby is my gift".

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

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