Newborn baby rescued from underground storm drain in Durban

Frederick Owens
February 12, 2019

"I went and opened the drain and I went down and I looked. It is mercy from above that she is alive‚" said Hardcastle.

"I think any child who survives any amount of hours - and it sounds like it was at least four to five hours - in a stormwater pipe on days two or three after birth is a miracle".

Rescue Care, which took part in the rescue, said passers-by alerted emergency services after they heard the cries of the infant, who was lodged a few metres into the storm drain. "Rescue efforts are underway try to rescue it", he said.

According to residents, a taxi driver is said to have spotted a young girl sitting on the drain with a pad during the early hours of the morning, prior to the baby being discovered.

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KZN EMS spokesperson Robert McKenzie said: "It's good news for the ending of this rescue today. We thank God for her".

The area was cordoned off by police.

The baby was found to be suffering from mild hypothermia when she was freed.

"Durban fire department has been down the manhole and has visuals of the actual baby quite far down the pipe". "The baby has now been transferred to a step down hospital".

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