Weak, sickly baby found abandoned at Cramond

2008-04-30 00:00

An abandoned baby girl’s life was saved by people who found her lying drenched and shivering in the bush in Cramond outside Pietermaritzburg on Sunday afternoon.

The baby, who has since been named Sinethemba (We hope) by Cramond police officers, was found near the Thokozani low-cost housing area at about 2 pm. It is not clear how long the little girl, who is estimated to be one, was lying in the cold rain. She is currently being cared for at a private place of safety.

“She was soaked and very cold,” said Constable Zama Ndabezitha of Cramond police station. Sinethemba was wearing brown corduroy trousers and a long-sleeved orange and brown T-shirt. She was barefoot and her hair has been braided.

“If the community members hadn’t found her when they did, she would not have survived long in that bad weather,” said Ndabezitha.

Her rescuers were returning from a meeting when they spotted her. They first thought she was a doll, only to be surprised when she moved as one of them went to pick her up.

They took her to the nearest village where she was fed glucose.

Her rescuers then took her to the police station, where she was referred to a district surgeon in Pietermaritzburg.

“After inspecting her, the district surgeon referred her to Northdale Hospital to be treated for kwashiorkor, bronchitis and a rash on her buttocks,” said Ndabezitha.

She said the baby girl showed no signs of molestation.

Little Sinethemba appears to have poor muscle tone in her legs and cannot bear her weight with support as a baby her age does. When she was brought to The Witness, she sat quietly on the policewoman’s lap, occasionally crying. She stared at her surroundings with wide eyes.

Now the quest to reunite Sinethemba with her relatives is on.

Anyone who can help to catch the person who dumped Sinethemba can contact Mpolweni Child and Family Welfare Society social worker Nozipho Magwaza on 033 569 0260 or Ndabezitha on 033 569 1666.


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