Newborn girl rescued from drain pipe in Durban

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

"I thought no, it sounds like a kitty cat and I looked further down and saw it was a baby", said Lovedale.

Various emergency services were involved in the awesome rescue.

Bernadette Wicks, a reporter for a local news outlet, said that people had provided doors from their kitchen cupboards to help workers hold back earth as they attempted to remove the baby from the pipe. The newborn, believed to be between one and three days old, was rescued after a three-hour rescue mission.

The naked baby can be heard screaming as she is brought out into the sunlight and gently placed into a towel held by a paramedic.

Medics said she may be suffering from hypothermia but otherwise appeared unhurt.

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KZN EMS spokesperson Robert McKenzie said paramedics worked for several hours in order to get the baby out.

She's been airlifted to hospital and is in a stable condition.

KZN health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo‚ who went to the hospital to see the newborn‚ said the baby would be moved to a smaller hospital‚ then discharged to a place of safety. South African media say the infant is being treated in a hospital.

Others have also been saying that the mother of the baby should not be judged because no one knows her circumstances.

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