KZN doctor hails 'miracle' baby girl in good spirits after drain ordeal

Nellie Chapman
February 12, 2019

This was the site where emergency services conducted a harrowing three-hour rescue of a newborn baby girl with the placenta still attached, who had been trapped down the drain.

He immediately raised the alarm and a full rescue operation swung into action involving the police, ambulance and fire brigade in Durban, South Africa. When they finally got to the baby they broke into the pipe and managed to reach in and grab her. The newborn, believed to be between one and three days old, was rescued after a three-hour rescue mission.

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

He said she was transported to Albert Luthuli Hospital via the AMS Medical Helicopter.

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Rescue Care Paramedics, one of the groups that helped to extricate the infant girl in Durban, says it is unclear why the baby was "dumped" and that police are investigating.

Thelma Johnson who lives next door to where rescue workers and paramedics drilled for the baby, said, "Today is my birthday and I feel like this miracle baby is my gift".

The baby was found trapped inside the drain and emergency services worked to free the girl. "The community was very helpful and supportive which we are also grateful for".

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