Baby girl stable after three-hour rescue mission

Clay Curtis
February 11, 2019

Paramedics rescue a newborn girl from a drain in Newlands East, Durban on 11 February 2019.

Lyron Lovdale climbed down inside the drain when he realised the noise might be a baby crying and shone a light into the pipe and saw the naked new born.

"Rescue workers are busy trying to get to the baby at the moment", said Rescue Care's operations director, Garrith Jamieson.

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.

Police are investigating the matter.

Her cries were first noticed by a passer-by.

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According to residents, a taxi driver is said to have spotted a young girl sitting on the drain with a pad during the early hours of the morning, prior to the baby being discovered.

Emergency services had to dig down to the pipe where the baby was trapped, before cutting the pipe and carefully extracting the baby, said Robert Mckenzie, KZN EMS spokesperson.

Cllr De Boer said she has already received several requests from community members to foster or adopt the baby.

"The Fire Department has seen the baby moving and they are trying to get to the baby".

The baby was safely transported to Albert Luthuli Hospital.

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