'Storm' drain baby doing well

Cheryl Sanders
February 11, 2019

Lyron Lovdale climbed down inside the drain when he realised the noise might be a baby crying and shone a light into the pipe and saw the naked new born.

Rescue teams secure a trench in order to reach a newborn baby that was presumably dumped down a stormwater drain in Newlands East on Monday.

It took emergency workers several hours to get to her.


"Durban fire department has been down the manhole and has visuals of the actual baby quite far down the pipe".

Three hours after first getting the call one of the rescuers shouted up that he had the baby girl and that she was still alive and she was pulled up and out to safety. Rescue Care Paramedics spokesman, Garrith Jamieson, said he spoke to the trauma doctor at the hospital and reported that the baby girl is doing very well.

Local PR councillor, Shontel De Boer, who was also at scene this morning said witnessing the rescue mission was a "chilling" experience as everyone was hoping that the baby was alive.


Police are investigating the matter.

He added that an Air Mercy helicopter was en route to hastily transport the child to hospital. She is basically stable enough for transfer to one of the base hospitals where they can sort out the social side.


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