Couple find abandoned baby at their gate

2015-12-16 09:20
Morris Sookoo holds the seven-month-old baby who was abandoned outside his gate. He and his wife named him Themba.

Morris Sookoo holds the seven-month-old baby who was abandoned outside his gate. He and his wife named him Themba. (Chelsea Pieterse)

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Pietermaritzburg - An abandoned baby was found sitting silently, wrapped in a brown blanket outside the gate of a home in Jinnah Road on Tuesday.

Morris and Ronika Sookoo said they got the “shock of their lives” when they were alerted by a passerby that there was a baby sitting outside their house.

Morris said he was in the house, going about his business when he heard someone calling outside.

“I got such a shock when I saw this baby sitting outside my gate, just looking at me,” said Morris.

Ronika said the little baby boy was sitting quietly, looking at her and her husband with big eyes when they came outside.

“He wasn’t crying. He was quiet. A woman called us from the road and said she had seen a woman leaving him at our gate. I just ran outside to see if he was okay,” she said.

Ronika said she put a shirt on him as he was just wearing a vest, and tried to get him to drink some water but he didn’t want it.

She then gave him a brightly coloured toy truck to play with and soon he was giggling and laughing happily.

The baby, who appeared to be around seven months old, seemed to be healthy.

“You can see he has been well-cared for. He is such a handsome little man, it’s just terrible that anyone could leave him,” Ronika said.

Thandi House, an organisation that cares for abused and abandoned children, met the Sookoos at their Northdale home before taking the child away.

Thandi House’s Rene Morcom said although they responded to calls for children of any age, they had been called upon to take care of infants as young as 10 minutes old.

“This baby seems to be around seven months and although he looks incredibly well-looked after, we will take him to the doctor for a full check-up, just in case,” Morcom said.

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