Abandoned ‘Little Apple’ makes speedy recovery in hospital

2010-02-10 00:00

A MONTH-OLD baby who was abandoned in an apple box in Verulam, north of Durban, is reco­vering in hospital.

The baby boy, who has since been nicknamed “Little Apple”, is now at the Osindisweni Hospital where he has made a speedy recovery after suffering from hypothermia. He has also become quite a celebrity with local television stations lining up to tell his story.

He was found by members of Reaction Unit South Africa, a local security company, after they received a call about a robbery at a local supermarket in Wick Street on Saturday night.

Prem Balaram of Reaction Unit South Africa said that when security guards arrived at the scene, they investigated the area and heard noises coming from a municipal bin.

“The officers then approached the bin and found a brown cardboard apple box that had a white and yellow blanket.”

He said that the baby was found lying face down and was crying hysterically.

“The guards removed the baby from the box and called paramedics. We also searched the area for the mother,” he said.

Netcare paramedics treated the baby for hypothermia and took him to Osindisweni Hospital outside Verulam for further care.

Balaram said that it appeared that the mother wanted to cover the child with dirt, but was disturbed and ran away from the scene.

“It seemed that the baby was intended to be killed as the dirt was gathered around the box ready to be placed over the box. The baby was placed face down and a blanket had been placed over the box to muffle the sound of the child’s cries,” he said.

He said a municipal rubbish truck was expec­ted to pick up the huge metal and plastic bins the next morning.

The baby was handed over to social workers who were trying to track his parents, Balaram added.

Police have opened a case of baby dumping and anyone with information can call 10111 or Reaction Unit South Africa at 086 1234 333.

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