Medics lift New Doornfontein baby out of stormwater drain [video]

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Ìn New Doornfontein, Johannesburg, just off City and Suburban Road, paramedics from ER24 and Johannesburg Metro Police Department officials were racing against time to save a baby that had somehow fallen into a stormwater drain.

Vision Tactical, a private security company, uploaded videos and images of the medics attempting to lift the baby from the depths of the drain.

How rescuers saved New Doornfontein baby from stormwater drain

As reported by the Citizen, residents immediately alerted law enforcement of the apparent sound of a baby’s cries after it was determined that they were coming from the stormwater drain.

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The medics arrived on the scene and quickly got to work, using metres of rope and other clutching tools to try and get to the distressed infant.

It is not clear, at this moment, how the baby found itself trapped in the drain, let alone in New Doornfontein, but speculations can be made judging from a similar incident that occurred in Durban, three months ago.

Is this becoming a trend?

Residents from a neighbourhood in Durban were alarmed by the cries of an infant, seemingly coming from a stormwater drain nearby.

When rescue operators and law enforcement were called, the infant was found trapped in the drainage system.

After three hours of gruelling efforts in trying to lift the baby, rescuers managed to secure and transport the little one to a nearby hospital.

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What will happen to the newborn now?

The process of taking an abandoned child into the care of the state is a very popular practice in South Africa.

In 2018, reports revealed that an estimated 3 500 babies are abandoned a year in South Africa.

The department of health’s strict termination of pregnancy policies have been identified, in some capacity, as one of the chief reasons why we have this many unwanted babies.

As per the process, the department of social services will step in to allocate the baby to a nursery after health services have completed all medical checks.

Thereafter, the baby will most likely grow up in an orphanage. This tragic story at least has its rays of positive outlooks.

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Granted a second chance in life, the baby will have the opportunity to exercise her chief human right — the right to live.

Watch: Medics save an infant trapped in drain

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