A baby has been saved from a storm drain after he was heard crying with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. The moment the baby was pulled out of the drain in India was caught on camera. He was rescued by a woman, identified only as Geeta, who pulled him out by his feet then cleaned him with a bowl of water.
She was told about the plight of the baby by a milkman who initially thought it was a crying kitten. The baby was treated for breathing problems at the Egmore Hospital in the Valasaravakkam municipality in the Chennai District of Tamil Nadu state.
Doctors managed to treat the baby and have now said he has recovered from the incident and is healthy. Geeta, 45, who lives with her daughter, has said she wants to name the boy Suthanthiram which means freedom, as he was found on India’s Independence Day.
‘It was painful to see a child dumped like that. It appeared that the person who abandoned the boy had deliberately pushed him deep enough inside the drain so he would be out of sight. ‘I don’t think there was any feeling for the child, because the umbilical cord seemed to be tied around the neck so it would slowly kill him.’
A hospital official said the baby will remain under observation before being transferred to a local orphanage