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Baby girl stable after three-hour rescue mission

12 February 2019

Hardcastle, the chief trauma specialist at the hospital, said the little girl was healthy and in good spirits, besides having mild hypothermia on arrival.

Paramedics rescue a newborn girl from a drain in Newlands East, Durban on 11 February 2019.

It took emergency workers several hours to get to her.

The baby was washed six metres down the storm water drain.

There were loud cheers from locals who had been from the scene since early this morning as a firefighter pulled the baby into safety.

Resident, Barbara Cox (53) said she first heard about the discovery of the baby just after 6am and rushed to the busy rescue scene.

Police are investigating the matter.

"The baby is trapped in a storm water drain".

Rising Sun Overport reports that Rescue Care paramedics together with Metro Search and Rescue and the eThekwini Fire Department worked fervently on the corner of Barracuda Road and Herring Circle in Newlands East to rescue the infant.

"Currently she is in a stable condition and the KZN EMS helicopter is now taking off to get the child to the hospital", said McKenzie.

He added that the child will now be transferred to a different hospital where social services will look after her future welfare. The community was also very supportive and helpful which was great'.

It is not known how the baby got there, or who the mother is.

Baby girl stable after three-hour rescue mission