Newborn baby rescued from dumpster in KZN

2016-07-28 18:20

Scottsburgh – A newborn baby boy was rescued after it was thrown into a dumpster in Ndlovini, Malengeni, south of Scottburgh, on Thursday.

According to the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health and Emergency Medical Service, a woman heard the baby screaming and called for help.

Paramedics arrived at the scene to find police already there, and a large crowd of bystanders that had gathered around the dumpster.

"The paramedics were shocked to find out that the call was actually for a baby that had been abandoned after birth in a dumpster. The baby boy was in respiratory distress," the department said in a statement.

The baby was fully developed and wrapped in a bloody T-shirt. He was weak and cold.

Two paramedics, Lindani Chagi and Kwazi Sibiya, cut the umbilical cord, wrapped the baby in a blanket and started to clean and warm him. The baby was found to be in good health.

The child was taken to hospital for further treatment.

Police are investigating the exact circumstances surrounding the abandonment of the baby.

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