Newborn baby rescued from storm drain in South Africa

Baby Rescue- Newlands

The little girl had been dumped in Newlands East.

A bystander had spotted the newborn after climbing down into the drain on Monday, Garrith Jamieson, head of Durban Rescue Care, said in a statement obtained by CNN.

A newborn baby girl was rescued from a stormwater drain in South Africa on Monday (Feb. 11) after being stuck for several hours.

The little girl had been dumped in Newlands East, Durban.

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

"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. "I was just like 'Get this baby out!'"

"She's been awake, responsive and crying".

"I think any child who survives any amount of hours - and it sounds like it was at least four to five hours - in a stormwater pipe on days two or three after birth is a miracle. The whole community is elated that she has been rescued", she said.

She's been airlifted to hospital and is in a stable condition.

He added that the child will now be transferred to a different hospital where social services will look after her future welfare. "But from a medical point of view, things are looking good".

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