DURBAN, South Africa – A child woman was rescued from a storm drain in Durban, South Africa, after residents heard her crying and alerted emergency providers.
A bystander had noticed the newborn after climbing down into the drain on Monday, Garrith Jamieson, head of Durban Rescue Care, stated in a press release obtained by CNN.
Rescue providers used a chisel and hammer to break into the drain, Jamieson stated. The whole operation lasted almost four hours.
After being situated and extricated, the infant was flown to Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital for urgent care.
Dramatic video from the scene confirmed the second the child was lifted to security.
The hospital’s trauma specialist, Dr Timothy Hardcastle, stated the infant was affected by hypothermia and had to be warmed up, but was in satisfactory situation with only minor injuries, in line with a press release from the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province department of well being.
The child, who was found together with her umbilical twine intact, was believed to be between one and three days previous.
She was named Sibanisethu (Our Ray of Mild) and Gabriella by residents, the statement stated.
“It’s actually a miracle that this baby was saved. The docs have given this baby a clean bill of health, and she or he will probably be transferred to a different hospital,” stated regional well being official Dr. Sibongiseni Dhlomo.
KZN police spokesperson Col. Thembeka Mbele stated a case of attempted murder was opened at Newlands East police station, in response to Occasions Reside. Police are investigating how the newborn ended up in the storm drain.