Newborn rescued after passerby hears her crying in a storm drain

Rescue Care Paramedics, one of the groups that helped to extricate the infant girl in Durban, said it was unclear why the baby was "dumped" and that police were launching an investigation.

A baby girl was rescued from a storm drain in Durban, South Africa, after residents heard her crying and alerted emergency services.

According to Rescue Care operations officer Garrith Jamieson, 36, who was at the scene, the baby had no injuries but did have hypothermia.

A newborn baby has been rescued from a drain pipe in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) on Monday morning.

The team confirmed that a baby girl was stuck and was being washed further down the pipe.

"It's really a miracle that this baby was saved".

"I'm a father, I've got a five-year-old daughter".

After being transferred to Chief Albert Luthuli hospital, news came through that this courageous little one was doing well.

"She has been awake, responsive and crying. The whole community is elated that she has been rescued", she said.

He added that the child will now be transferred to a different hospital where social services will look after her future welfare. "But from a medical point of view, things are looking good", he said.

Do continue to pray for this little one as she recovers from such a traumatic ordeal.

Vanessa Coleman