Written byPallabi Chatterjee
In a heart-wrenching tale, a newborn was left abandoned outside a house in Ramaiah Layout in North Bengaluru, just hours after her birth.
Wrapped in a towel, the baby was almost non-visible, since the whole package was covered in a plastic sheet.
It was discovered by one Sudha Vasan around 4AM yesterday, when the baby's cries woke her up.
Sudha said when she first heard the cries, she ignored them, assuming it was a kitten.
An hour later, as the cries got louder but muffled, she realized it was of a human baby's, and rushed towards the spot.
She got hold of an emergency lamp since electricity was out, and asked her 22-year-old son to accompany her.
After unlocking the main door, she traced the cries to a plastic-covered package. When she opened it, she got a shock.
"It was a newborn girl. It was unbelievable," she narrated.
She further said the umbilical cord wasn't cut, and the baby "had not even been wiped clean."
She informed her tenant, who called in the Banaswadi Police.
The baby was taken to Zion Hospital in Kamanahalli, located near Sudha's house.
From there, she was shifted to Ovum Hospital in Banaswadi itself, since Zion lacked proper facilities.
Doctors found her "heartbeat was fine but she was feeling very cold," so they placed her in an incubator and turned on the heater.
"They said she's going to be okay," Sudha said.
A case under Section 317 (abandoning a child under 12 years) has been registered.
An officer said they have asked all hospitals for records of deliveries of the last few days.
They are also scanning CCTV footage from near Sudha's house.
The case will be now presented in front of the magistrate.
Meanwhile, the baby will be transferred to Shishu Mandir on Hosur Road.
More than a fortnight ago, a Bengaluru police constable Archana made it to news, after she went beyond her duty and breastfed an abandoned baby that was rescued by her colleague. However, the baby died on June 7 due to sepsis meningitis and blood infection.
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