Baby abandoned on Pietermaritzburg doorstep

2015-08-05 12:18
A new-born baby girl, swaddled in a blanket, was found abandoned on the doorstep of a Pietermaritzburg home. (Supplied, ER24)

A new-born baby girl, swaddled in a blanket, was found abandoned on the doorstep of a Pietermaritzburg home. (Supplied, ER24)

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Durban - A new-born baby girl, swaddled in a blanket, was found abandoned on the doorstep of a Pietermaritzburg home early on Wednesday morning.

“Paramedics were called to the scene at Cottonwood Lane when the home owner found the child lying on his doorstep,” ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said.

The child was still lying on the steps of the Panorama Gardens home when paramedics arrived.

“Paramedics immediately assessed the child and found that she had suffered mild hypothermia, but was otherwise in a stable condition.

"The young patient was treated by advanced life support paramedics and transported to Northdale Hospital for further assessment and treatment,” Meiring said.

Medics rushed her to Northdale Hospital, where she was in a stable condition.

Another first responder, who could not be named, said that judging by how much the amniotic fluid had dried on the girl’s hair, she was only a couple of hours old.

The umbilical cord had been cut, but not clamped.

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