Durban rescuers dig trench to save newborn stuck in a drain

Baby found in storm drain in Newlands East

Baby found in storm drain in Newlands East

The mood in Newlands East is bitter-sweet this afternoon following the miraculous discovery and safe rescuing of a newborn baby girl, who was found in a storm water drain, this morning.

Lyron Lovdale climbed down inside the drain when he realised the noise might be a baby crying and shone a light into the pipe and saw the naked new born.

PR councillor, Shotel De Boer with residents.

THE newborn baby who was trapped in a storm water drain has been rescued and is a stable condition. "So we spent most of the time warming her up, washing off the dust and abrasions", he said.

Her cries were first noticed by a passer-by.

Robert Mckenzie, KZN EMS spokesman, said the baby girl had been washed around five metres down the pipe (which is around six centimetres in diameter).

It took emergency workers several hours to get to her.

The area was cordoned off by police.

Others have also been saying that the mother of the baby should not be judged because no one knows her circumstances. "A helicopter is inbound to transport the baby to a nearby hospital as soon as possible", said Jamieson.

Rescue Care spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said emergency services were on the scene in Newlands East on the corner of Barracuda Road and Herring Way.

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