An aborted foetus was discovered in a rubbish bag on College Lane in the Durban Central Business District on Friday.
According to Emer-G-Med spokesperson Kyle van Reenen, paramedics were called to assist the police after a member of the public made a gruesome discovery.
“An aborted foetus was discovered in a rubbish bag on College Lane in the Durban Central Business District, by a resident in the area who notified the police.
“The foetus was inspected by paramedics and confirmed to be dead on arrival. It is estimated to be approximately three months gestated,” Van Reenen said.
Three newborns babies were found dumped in South Africa in less than one week in the past two months:
“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 knew 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 organisation said.
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.