DUMPED BIN BABY THRIVES
GUARDIAN ANGELS: Netcare 911 Advanced Life Support paramedic Gary Paul and Razia Hussein, healthcare worker at Umhlanga Hospital, with a baby boy rescued from a rubbish bin by Sibusiso Khumalo (right). The baby is in good health and getting plenty of visits from paramedics, policemen and hospital staff. Paul’s family has provided clothes.
Khumalo, a cleaner at the Sea Lodge at Umhlanga, found the infant wrapped tightly in a towel, covered and squashed into a rubbish-filled refuse bag and left for dead outside a block of flats. It is believed the child had been in the bin all night.
Khumalo said when he found the baby, ‘I just picked the baby up and held him to my chest – I couldn’t stop crying. I’ve got a small baby, too, and seeing this child like this made me very sad. He was so helpless.’
Netcare 911 spokesman Jeff Wicks said paramedics had stabilised the child before taking him to Umhlanga Hospital.
Police spokesman Thulani Zwane asked anyone with information about the baby to come forward.