Police search and rescue teams, assisted by eThekwini Fire Department, Metro Police and paramedics have begun digging a trench into a stormwater drain in Newlands East on Monday to reach a newborn baby that is presumed to have been dumped.
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 baby was washed six metres down the storm water drain. When they finally got to the baby they broke into the pipe and managed to reach in and grab her. She was quickly rushed to a waiting helicopter.
According to residents, a taxi driver is said to have spotted a young girl sitting on the drain with a pad during the early hours of the morning, prior to the baby being discovered.
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Medics said she may be suffering from hypothermia but otherwise appeared unhurt.
Rescue Care Paramedics spokesman, Garrith Jamieson, said he spoke to the trauma doctor at the hospital and reported that the baby girl is doing very well.
Jamieson said the baby was only a few hours old, as her umbilical cord had still been attached when she was pulled from the drain pipe.
"The baby is trapped in a storm water drain".