The Incredible Rescue Of A Baby From A Stormwater Drain Caught On Camera
A newborn baby girl is alive and well after a three-hour operation to rescue her from a stormwater drain in Durban.
A newborn was rescued from a stormwater drain in South Africa on Monday after being stuck for several hours.
Videos uploaded to social media by local journalist Bernadette Wilks captured the moment the child was removed from the drain by emergency services personnel.
She was subsequently airlifted to Albert Luthuli Central Hospital to be treated and then taken to another unnamed facility, she escaped with only a mild case of hypothermia and 'a few minor abrasions' according to Wilks.
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Wilks told Reuters that the girl was found by passerby Iyron Lovedale who heard her crying and opened the manhole cover over the drain.
She added that it wasn't known at this point how the little girl got stuck in the drain, but an attempted murder case had been opened and the parents had not been located.
Wilks said that 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.
The little girl was nicknamed 'Storm' by Lovedale, but has now been named Gabriella by the health representative of the KwaZulu-Natal Executive Council.