Monday, 18 February, 2019

Dramatic rescue of baby underway in Durban

Baby rescued in Durban Screenshot Facebook Intelligence Bureau
Jeannette Daniel | 11 February, 2019, 20:47

"We went down to the drain and put the lights on and I couldnt see and I took off my top and I could see the baby there in the corner", said Lovdale.

Paramedics attend to the baby girl after she was rescued.

The baby was washed six metres down the storm water drain. "Durban fire department and the police search and rescue [unit] have cleared around the pipe and are trying to reach the child".

He added that they can hear the baby crying and have gained access into the pipe.

Medics said she may be suffering from hypothermia but otherwise appeared unhurt.

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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.

McKenzie said police are on the scene to investigate the circumstances that lead to baby being in the drain.

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

"Currently she is in a stable condition and the KZN EMS helicopter is now taking off to get the child to the hospital", said McKenzie.

Her cries were first noticed by a passer-by. She is basically stable enough for transfer to one of the base hospitals where they can sort out the social side. The community was also very supportive and helpful which was great'.

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