A baby boy was found dead on Saturday wrapped up in bloodied tissue and dumped in a dustbin in Verulam.
Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) spokesperson Prem Balram said their team was busy on a scene on Ireland Street in the Verulam CBD, KZN, after the body of a baby boy was discovered in a bin.
“RUSA received a call from a local business requesting assistance after the discovery was made.
“The caller was unable to confirm if the child was alive or deceased. Reaction Officers and Medics were immediately dispatched.”
He said on arrival, paramedics discovered the baby wrapped in bloodied tissue inside a yellow packet.
“The packet was dumped in a bin along a busy pathway. The placenta was not located in the packet.”
Balram said the baby was declared dead on the scene.
Last month a newborn baby was found dead in the Blaaupan dam in Bonaero Park, South East Kempton Park.
ER24 spokesperson Ross Campbell, paramedics were called to the scene by EMPD at 9:16 on Sunday after the son of a local fisherman discovered the newborn in the shallow water, close to shore.
“The newborn unfortunately showed no signs of life and was declared dead on arrival.
“The scene was then handed over to the South African Police Services for investigation.”
“Abandonment of infants in South Africa is, unfortunately, a common occurrence,” The Door of Hope organisation said.
“Many of these children are left to die, or simply abandoned, in dustbins, open fields, public toilets, or on train tracks.”
The organisation knewew that something needed to be done.
“In 1999 the Berea Baptist Mission Church said, “something needs to be done”. Under the leadership of Pastor Cheryl Allen, the church made a hole in their wall and a ‘Baby Box’ was installed allowing for mothers to leave their babies any time day or night for the church to take care of them.”
The moment a baby is placed, care workers on duty receive an electronic signal alerting them. The baby is taken in and the anonymity of the “donor” is ensured.