Newborn baby girl found in a medical trash can at King Edward VIII Hospital on Thursday.
The babygirl is 10-day-old. The KwaZulu-Natal health department reported she “was stuffed into a pillowcase and thrown into a potentially hazardous medical waste bin”.
Her mother, a 20-year-old woman, was arrested by the police on Thursday shortly after the baby was found.
Also, the KwaZulu-Natal health department stated that the baby was born one month prematurely and placed her in an infant incubator.
“It is alleged that on the night of Thursday, February 14 2019, the baby’s 20-year-old mother, from KwaMashu, had been breastfeeding her in the nursery. While the nurse had gone into the neighbouring ward, the mother allegedly wrapped him up in linen saver, put him inside the pillow, tied it up, and threw him into the bin,” the KwaZulu-Natal health department spokesperson said .
“She allegedly placed pieces of paper on top to conceal the pillow and closed the bin,” he added.
The child’s mother did not respond to any inquiries regarding the incident’s circumstances.
The baby girl, when found by employees of the hospital, was barely alive. The girl was lying in a medical waste basket which usually contains used syringes, bandages, tampons, blood, and human tissue.
Abandoned children are becoming a major issue. The health department is concerned at reports of growing numbers of homeless and abandoned children in need of protection.
Just over the weekend, two more babies were abandoned.
As an example to be followed, Door of Hope, a Johannesburg home that cares for abandoned babies, installed “the very first modern baby safe in 1999”. Baby safes are steel boxes, mainly installed at children’s homes, where mothers can anonymously place their newborns into.