Newborn baby pulled from storm drain after people heard crying

12 February, 2019, 16:40 | Author: Carlos George
  • Baby found in storm drain in Newlands East

Following a nail-biting three-hour rescue mission, Garreth Jamieson of Rescue care confirmed that the little girl was alive and stable.

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

The team confirmed that a baby girl was stuck and was being washed further down the pipe.

Bernadette Wicks, a reporter for a local news outlet, said that people had provided doors from their kitchen cupboards to help workers hold back earth as they attempted to remove the baby from the pipe.

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

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

Rescue Care said the circumstances leading to the baby ending up in the drain were still unknown.Police were investigating the matter, South African media reported.

KZN EMS spokesperson Robert McKenzie said paramedics worked for several hours in order to get the baby out. "The community was very helpful and supportive which we are also grateful for".

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