Health

Newborn baby found covered with ants on a roadside pile of rubbish

Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said that at 10 am this morning, Netcare 911 responded to reports of of a one day old baby boy that had been found on a roadside pile of rubbish in Burlington Heights Chatsworth.

“A Netcare 911 Emergency Care Practitioner assessed the child which still had the placenta attached.

“The baby was completely covered in ants, had severe dehydration and battling to breathe.”

Herbst said the child was placed in a Netcare 911 ambulance where he was treated.

Once stabilised, the baby was taken to hospital.

Some time ago, a baby boy was pulled alive from a shallow grave – three days after he was left to died by his mother.

The baby was discovered in the town of Paddock, in KwaZulu-Natal Province, eastern South Africa after staff at the timber factory where his mother worked heard him crying.

The 25-year-old mother had made a makeshift grave of sand and timber taken from the factory after fearing her parents would be upset about her having a second child.

When the baby was found she admitted to police what she had done.

Captain Gerald Mfeka said: ‘They searched and found him hidden underneath some timber, covered in sand.

‘On hearing the commotion, the mother confessed that the child was hers. Her explanation was that she was afraid of her parents.

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