‘Call of nature’ saves tiny foundling from biting ants

2014-11-14 00:00

NATURE’S call literally saved an abandoned newborn’s life in a Westville bush yesterday.

Michael Mngwevu (55), a tree cutter who was suffering from a stomach bug at the time, said he could not believe his eyes when he saw the baby at around 9.30 am.

Mngwevu was commissioned to clear out trees on Cliff Road.

“In the morning I was not feeling well. There were no toilets, so I went to the bushes to relieve myself and then went back to work,” he said. “I had the urge to go again so I went back to the bushes and when I was just about to ‘go’ I saw something moving by the tree. When I got closer I saw a baby.”

Mngwevu immediately picked the baby up, dusted the ants of the infant’s face and went to the neighbours to ask them to call the ambulance and police.

Pamela Jimu, who works in a home a few metres away, brought towels and wrapped the baby boy up with the placenta still attached.

“I even asked motorists to give us a cloth to cover him because he was naked,” he said.

“I was scared and traumatised to see the baby boy without his mother.”

Spokesperson for the Westville SAPS Stephen Clark said the baby was in good health. “Constable Wynand Laatz, a trained paramedic, conducted some first aid on the baby and determined the little one was less than an hour old,” he said.

“Within a short time Netcare and ER24 ambulances were on the scene and the as yet unnamed baby was taken to the hospital.”

Russel Meiring, ER24 spokesperson, said when paramedics arrived on scene, they found a group of bystanders crowded around the young patient.

“Paramedics on scene immediately assessed the baby boy, finding no major injuries,” he said.

The baby was taken to King George Hospital for further treatment and observations.

Anyone who may have information as to who the biological mother of the child might be should contact the Westville SAPS or CrimeStop at 086 001 0111.

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