A newborn baby girl with her umbilical cord still attached was discovered abandoned underneath a tree by an American ex-pat at Kaew Nawarat Road in Chiang Mai.
Eric Ransdell, who posted a photo of the newborn on his Instagram account, said that he was walking home when he spotted the tiny girl wrapped in a blanket at the side of the road.
He immediately checked for a pulse to see if the baby was alive before altering his friends who called the local police and rescue workers to the scene.
Upon arrival, the authorities discovered the baby, with the umbilical cord still attached, resting under the shade of a tree and in good health.
The police took the newborn to Nakornping Hospital for a checkup where she remains under care while an investigation takes place. Police are examining CCTV footage around the area to find clues about the identity of the baby’s mother.
Mr. Ransdell posted the story on his Instagram account with the caption:
“I found this baby abandoned by the roadside today. She was a newborn and still had most of her umbilical cord. A nice Thai woman stopped to help me. She called her mom, who said she’d always wanted a granddaughter and immediately said she’d adopt the baby. Then the police came and called in the EMTs from a nearby hospital. They checked the baby’s vital signs and took her to the hospital where she’ll get first-rate care. Very impressed by the excellent job done by all Chiang Mai’s first responders.”
He then visited the baby in Nakornping Hospital and posted an update regarding her condition:
“Update: Some good news for these dark days. I saw the baby at Nakornping Hospital this afternoon. They weren’t going to let me in because of covid-19, but one nurse had seen the story on the local news and so they made an exception. Happy to report the baby is in the infants’ ICU and doing well. They have her on antibiotics as a preventive measure for the next 5-7 days, but other than that they say she is healthy. They still don’t know her exact age, though the head ICU nurse told me she’s fairly certain she was either a newborn or less than 48 hours old. I then met with a woman from social services who told me that once she is discharged from ICU, she will go to an infant’s care facility next to the hospital for 3-4 weeks. After that, there is a home for infants run by the government where she will stay while the police try to locate the mother.”
Unfortunately, baby abandonment is a serious issue across Thailand with some new mothers failing to avail of government or private facilities for unwanted pregnancies and instead simply abandoning their newborns in public locations.
Source: Chiang Mai News