Baby pulled alive from drain with umbilical cord wrapped around its neck

A baby has been saved from a storm drain after he was heard crying with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck.

The moment the baby was pulled out of the drain in India was caught on camera.

He was rescued by a woman, identified only as Geeta, who pulled him out by his feet then cleaned him with a
bowl of water.

She was told about the plight of the baby by a milkman who initially thought it was a crying kitten.

The baby was treated for breathing problems at the Egmore Hospital in the Valasaravakkam municipality in the Chennai District of Tamil Nadu state.

Doctors managed to treat the baby and have now said he has recovered from the incident and is healthy.

Pic shows: The rescued newborn. This is the moment a woman pulls a crying baby with its umbilical cord wrapped around its neck from a storm drain. The startling images were recorded by an onlooker in the municipality of Valasaravakkam, Chennai District, in southern India???s Tamil Nadu State. In the video, the woman, named Geeta, can be seen reaching into a storm drain when she begins pulling a tiny newborn baby out of the drain by his feet. The crying baby appears to have his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck and Geeta unwraps it before cleaning the tot with a bowl of water. Local media report that Geeta, 45, had been alerted to the baby???s presence by a milkman who thought the tot was a crying kitten. The baby was reportedly rushed to the local Egmore Hospital where doctors found he was having trouble breathing. Doctors managed to treat the baby and have now said he has recovered from the incident and is healthy. Geeta, who lives with her daughter, has said she wants to name the boy Suthanthiram (freedom), as he was found on India's Independence Day. She told local media: "I reacted immediately, it was spontaneous. As a dozen or so residents and bystanders looked on, I peeped through the drain, an iron pipe around one foot in diameter, and saw the child inside. "It was painful to see a child dumped like that. It appeared that the person who abandoned the boy had deliberately pushed him deep enough inside the drain so he would be out of sight. I don???t think there was any feeling for the child, because the umbilical cord seemed to be tied around the neck so it would slowly kill him." A hospital official said the baby will remain under observation before being transferred to a local orphanage. Local media report that the hospital has received dozens of requests asking to adopt the baby after the video of his rescue was posted online. Police are investigating the incident and no arrests have been made.

Geeta, 45, who lives with her daughter, has said she wants to name the boy Suthanthiram which means freedom, as he was found on India’s Independence Day.

She told local media: ‘I reacted immediately, it was spontaneous. As a dozen or so residents and bystanders looked on, I peeped through the drain, an iron pipe around one foot in diameter, and saw the child inside.

‘It was painful to see a child dumped like that. It appeared that the person who abandoned the boy had deliberately pushed him deep enough inside the drain so he would be out of sight.

‘I don’t think there was any feeling for the child, because the umbilical cord seemed to be tied around the neck so it would slowly kill him.’

A hospital official said the baby will remain under observation before being transferred to a local orphanage.

Local media report that the hospital has received dozens of requests asking to adopt the baby after the video of his rescue was posted online.

Police are investigating the incident and no arrests have been made.



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