Newlands East baby doing well in hospital

Newlands East baby doing well in hospital

KwaZulu-Natal Health says the baby girl who was rescued from a storm water drain in Newlands East, north of Durban this week is doing well in hospital.

Baby Rescue  - Newlands
Bernadette Wicks
News of her rescue on Monday grabbed headlines locally and internationally. There has been an outpouring of concern and offers of support for the infant.

She was brought to the surface after a a three-hour long rescue operation. This after a passerby heard her cries coming from the drain along Baracuda Road.

Emergency services found the little girl some seven metres in the storm water system.

Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo says she will be taken to a place of safety once discharged from hospital.

"She is doing well. Nothing has made us panic. If you remember, after the first hour of admission, she was hypothermic, which could have had a consequence of mild pneumonia. That is being taken care of," he said.

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The little girl has been unofficially named Sibanisethu (meaning Our Light) by residents.

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