BREAKING NEWS: Newborn baby girl dumped in Amiel Park – WATCH

TRIVS paramedic, Myra van der Merwe comforts the newborn.

AMIEL PARK – A newborn baby was found by a domestic worker while she was on her way to work, at around 7am this morning [March 13] in an open veld in Amiel Park.

Baby Hope is safe and sound in the care of doctors.

According to the domestic worker, she heard the baby crying under a tree, and immediately ran to her place of employment and requested they call for the police.

The woman’s employer, Lilian Gajoo, said they phoned the police and was told there were no vehicles available to attend to the scene.

“I cannot believe this! What is more important than an abandoned child?” she asked.

Newcastle Advertiser Journalist, Zianne Leibrandt arrived at the scene to find the newborn baby wrapped in blankets and a towel, with the umbilical cord still attached, and contacted TRIVS Medical Services for assistance.

TRIVS arrived and immediately attended to the baby and treated her for hypothermia.

Operational Manager, Jan-Henk van Vuuren said he suspected the baby was born and abandoned during the night.

Myra van der Merwe of TRIVS said the baby was taken to hospital for further medical care.

“It was a very emotional scene! The baby was alive and the umbilical cord was still attached. We placed her in the ambulance where we examined her, warmed and comforted her.”

TRIVS Medical Services treat the baby on scene for hypothermia.

Newcastle Child Welfare Supervisor, Farieda Mia said arrangements would be made to have the baby placed in social care once she has been released from hospital.

In the meantime, the newborn has been named Baby Hope, and is expected to make a full recovery.

Ms Mia is appealing to the public to come forward if they had any information pertaining to the identity of the mother, or if they had any information regarding the abandoned baby. She also appealed to the mother of the infant to come forward, as she might need medical assistance.

“Please come to us. We will help you,” she stated.

SAPS eventually arrived on scene, and will launch an official investigation.

This is a developing story, and more updates will follow as soon as possible.

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