Newborn girl rescued from drain pipe in Durban

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

Incredible moment newborn baby is pulled alive from a storm drain in South Africa

Rescue workers in South Africa have pulled a newborn baby from a storm drain in a four-hour operation that ended with whoops and cheers from onlookers.

The local community came together to help the rescue effort by donating kitchen cupboard doors to reinforce the dig site so earth and mud wouldn't collapse on the little girl, said Wilks.

The infant was airlifted from the scene and is being treated at Durban's Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital.

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

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The newborn, which doctors believe is no more than three-days-old, was freed from the drain on Monday morning after passersby heard her crying. "A helicopter is inbound to transport the baby to a nearby hospital as soon as possible", said Jamieson.

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

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.

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

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