Newborn baby rescued from underground storm drain in Durban

Baby rescued in Durban

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Cllr De Boer said some residents told her that they heard the baby crying as early as 1am and thought it was cats mating.

Hardcastle‚ the chief trauma specialist at the hospital‚ said the little girl was healthy and in good spirits‚ besides having mild hypothermia on arrival.

THE newborn baby who was trapped in a storm water drain has been rescued and is a stable condition.


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

Emergency services dug into the pipe, cut it open, and managed to get the little one out. "A helicopter is inbound to transport the baby to a nearby hospital as soon as possible", said Jamieson.

Rescue Care Paramedics, one of the groups that helped to extricate the infant girl in Durban, said it was unclear why the baby was "dumped" and that police were launching an investigation.


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).

Hospital staff hailed the child's survival a "miracle", local media reports.


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