Born Lucky: Boys find newborn in shopping bag on Boom Street

2011-07-21 00:00

BABY Lucky, who was found inside a shopping bag in Boom Street on Tuesday evening, is said to be fortunate to be alive after spending about six hours exposed to the winter cold.

Lucky, who is believed to be a just a week old, was discovered by two high schools boys who were about to burn a tyre and the plastic bag in which the baby had been placed, when he began to cry.

When they opened the plastic bag they were amazed to find a newborn baby.

Patricia van Wyk received the baby and fed him while they waited for the police to arrive.

She said, “Two boys knocked at my door while we were having a prayer meeting around 6.05 pm and said, ‘Aunty, we found this baby and we almost burnt it when we lit the tyre’.”

Van Wyk told The Witness that the baby was clad in a blue hat, romper suit and socks and was covered in a pink blanket.

There were two tins of milk and four disposable nappies.

She said, “You could just see that the baby was hungry when I fed him with the milk. His stomach just growled.

“We called the police and they immediately came with paramedics.”

The baby was taken to Northdale Hospital.

Sister Keshnee Deolall, operational manager at Northdale’s nursery unit, said Lucky weighs 3,15 kg. He arrived hypothermic but in a healthy and clean condition with no marks or injuries. His umbilical cord had been removed.

But when the baby arrived he was very hungry and if he had not been discovered when he was, he would have died.

Bloods tests were carried out to check for chronic illnesses, such as HIV.

Deolall, who has been working at the nursery unit for 10 years, said, “We receive approximately one baby a month that is either abandoned or parents who give them for adoption.”

She said the hot spots for dumped babies are Edendale, Copesville, Boom Street and Burger Street.

Deolall told The Witness it usually takes six to eight weeks for a baby to be placed in a house of safety.

“One of the worst cases I ever dealt with was five years ago, where a baby was buried alive and had swallowed a lot of sand.

”We had to perform a stomach wash, but the baby lived.”

Another newborn baby was found inside a plastic bag near a railway line in Hillcrest yesterday morning, but it had already died from possible hypothermia and blood loss when the paramedics arrived on the scene.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said a case has been opened, but no arrests have been made.

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