Thanks to a lot of luck, abandoned baby is saved

2016-02-04 10:45
ER24 paramedic Andrew Rogers looks after a newborn found abandoned in Sobantu.

ER24 paramedic Andrew Rogers looks after a newborn found abandoned in Sobantu. (ER24)

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Pietermaritzburg - A newborn baby, just four hours old, was found abandoned in the bushes of a backyard in Sobantu.

The tiny tot was discovered in the early hours of Wednesday morning by Sobantu resident Errol Mkhize.

Mkhize told The Witness he had woken up at 5 am to get his children ready for school when he walked outside and noticed a large puddle of what looked like water.

“It was dark, but there was so much water that it looked like someone had just had a bath. I didn’t think much of it and went inside to wake up the children,” said Mkhize.

He said at 5.30 am he went back outside to sit on the steps of his house and shine his son’s school shoes when he noticed the patch of water again.

“I saw there was a lot of it. When I went closer, it looked like there was blood too.”

A “shocked” Mkhize said he walked around the garden, trying to follow the trail of blood.

After dropping his children off at school later he went back home and called his younger brother to help in the search.

“The dogs were running to the bottom of the garden and barking, and when I followed them, I found the little baby,” he said.

“I was so shocked, and I was so scared the baby had been hurt. He was lying so quietly in the bushes and he was so tiny, I knew he was only a few hours old.”

Mkhize said he immediately called police and paramedics and was thankful to find that the baby was not dead.

ER24 paramedic Andrew Rogers said although the baby was only a few hours old, he was “very healthy”.

“The baby is a little boy and weighs just under three kilograms,” said Rogers.

He said the baby perked up immediately after he administered an Umbilical Venous Catheter.

Rogers explained that this was when the plastic section of an intravenous catheter was put into the umbilical cord to feed the baby fluids and medicine if needed.

“This procedure is easier than putting up an IV on a newborn baby through the veins. However, it is a procedure that can only be done by advanced life support paramedics,” he said.

Rogers said it was not a procedure performed often as the umbilical cord had to still have a blood supply and be attached to the placenta to work. “The last time I did a procedure like this was seven years ago. It is not done often at all.”

The baby was taken to Northdale Hospital casualty where he is being cared for.

Mkhize said he was thankful that the baby was healthy and hoped to visit him while he was still in hospital.

It is unknown what happened to the mother of the baby.


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