A group of men have been hailed as heroes after they saved a newborn baby left in a drain.
The baby girl, who is lucky to be alive, still had her umbilical cord attached.
A Kayamandi resident says on Monday around 7am she heard a cry coming from the direction of the drain and called for help.
Nomsa Sikhobongwane, 31, says she wasn’t sure if what she heard was really a baby crying.
“I was on my way to college when I heard what sounded like a baby,” she says.
“I listened carefully and confirmed it was a baby but thought it was a baby from the flats along the road.
“I walked on but then I just couldn’t continue without confirming, I went close to the drain and heard the sound coming from there.”
She says she screamed for help and a woman came and tried to help her remove the drain cover.
“We realised we could not open the drain and called a man known as Boet Frans,” says Nomsa.
“He put his ear on the drain just to verify, he asked for people to bring tools to open the drain.
“Within minutes there were men who had been on their way to work helping.”
Nomsa says one of the men climbed into the manhole and hoisted the baby out.
“Those men are heroes in my eyes, without them that baby girl would have died.
“They all worked together to save her.”
The student says the discovery has left her shaken.
“I went to the college but just could not focus,” Nomsa explains.
“I even went to hospital for trauma counselling.
“During the session, I was told the baby is doing well, but unfortunately I didn’t get to see her, I was told I’d be able to when she is in foster care.”
Nomsa says the community is now looking for the mother.https://rumble.com/vavjy0-newborn-baby-rescued-from-a-drain.html?mref=qnnu&mc=mbuvt
Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk says the infant is doing fine, but cops are investigating a case of attempted murder.
“The child was taken to a nearby medical facility and is currently in the incubator but is healthy,” he says.