SOS village finds baby on its doorstep

2010-04-09 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG social worker said she screamed in shock when she found a baby girl abandoned at the entrance to her work on Wednesday morning.

Khanyisile Mhlongo said she was reporting for duty at the Pietermaritzburg SOS Children’s Village when she made the discovery at about 8 am.

She said the baby, which was still attached to the placenta and umbilical cord, was covered in clothes and placed near a fence not far away from the main entrance.

“I screamed and called everyone who was nearby to see what I had found,” ­Mhlongo said.

It is believed that the baby was born at about 3 am.

Police and ER24 paramedics were called to the scene.

“She was taken to Alexandra Road police station where the placenta and umbilical cord were removed by ER24 paramedics,” Mhlongo said.

“We then rushed her to Northdale Hospital, where she was examined and found to be in a healthy condition,” she said.

The baby spent a night at the village, but Mhlongo said the matter will be handed to Child Welfare.

“Certain procedures will be followed to determine where the baby will end up. She may end up in foster care. SOS Children’s Village would be “the last resort”, she said.

Mhlongo ruled out the possibility that the mother of the baby might be one of the girls living in the village, saying they have no pregnant residents.

She said the baby was placed where everyone could see it, apparently so that she could be found.

ER24 spokesman Derrick Banks confirmed that paramedics had to re-clamp the umbilical cord and warm the baby up.

“The baby was placed on oxygen and taken to Northdale Hospital in a stable condition,” Banks said.

Police said they are still looking for the baby’s mother.

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