Newborn baby rescued from storm drain in South Africa

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Following a nail-biting three-hour rescue mission, Garreth Jamieson of Rescue care confirmed that the little girl was alive and stable.

She was examined and rushed to a waiting helicopter before being taken to a nearby hospital for care.

Emergency services quickly descended on the scene and following a lengthy operation - which saw them dig down to the pipe, cut it open and pull the baby out - managed to rescue her.

Jamieson said the baby was only a few hours old, as her umbilical cord had still been attached when she was pulled from the drain pipe.

"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.

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Her cries were first noticed by a passer-by.

He added:' It is great news she has been rescued and she is now in a stable condition so a great ending for all the rescuers and personnel and paramedics who did this.

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. "The community was very helpful and supportive which we are also grateful for".

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

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