Teen finds baby while play­ing kabaddi in field

Mid Day - - CITY - SAMI­UL­LAH KHAN sami­ul­lah.khan@mid-day.com

AN 18-year-old play­ing kabaddi with his friends, turned res­cuer for an aban­doned new­born on Fri­day. The baby boy whom he found, has been ad­mit­ted to a hos­pi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. The Vi­rar po­lice have reg­is­tered a com­plaint against un­known per­sons.

Thought it was a cat

Pratik Na­mude was play­ing kabaddi in an open field with friends near the Nana Nani Park at Vi­rar (East), when he heard what he thought was the per­sis­tent mew of a cat. Up­set by it, he fol­lowed the di­rec­tion of the sound and was shocked to see a baby lying in the grass. The po­lice were in­formed im­me­di­ately.

“We usu­ally come here to play cricket. On Fri­day, sev­eral young­sters, in­clud­ing Pratik, were play­ing kabaddi. Pratik first thought a cat was cry­ing and went to in­ves­ti­gate, when he found the baby,” said his el­der brother, Prathamesh Na­mude.

A team from the Vi­rar po­lice sta­tion rushed the baby to the nearby Chai­tanya Hos­pi­tal. Ac­cord­ing to Dr Amit Sa­mant from the hos­pi­tal, the baby was prob­a­bly born early on Fri­day. He also said there were wounds on his lips, as well as a bruise on the back of his head. The um­bil­i­cal cord had not been cut. There was also blood inside his mouth and he was hav­ing trou­ble breath­ing.

“The wounds have been cleaned and the blood re­moved from the mouth. He has started breath­ing prop­erly, but, his con­di­tion is still crit­i­cal and we have kept him on ob­ser­va­tion in the ICCU,” said Dr Sa­mant.

Po­lice speak

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing who aban­doned the baby. “We have reg­is­tered a com­plaint against un­known per­sons un­der Sec­tion 317 of the IPC (Ex­po­sure and aban­don­ment of child un­der 12 years, by par­ent or per­son hav­ing care of it). We are look­ing at CCTV footage around the area to find the per­son who aban­doned the baby,” said Sub-Divi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer Jayant Ba­jbale of Vi­rar di­vi­sion.

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A doc­tor said there were wounds on the baby’s lips, as well as a bruise on the back of his head.

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