"Not more than a day old, she was left in the cold, on that concrete platform. Her umbilical cord was clipped off. It was not even dry. She was crying so loudly."
They called her Baby Unknown. She did not have a name because her family abandoned her as soon as she was born. Rescued by a good samaritan, this baby girl was turned over to the Basavanagudi Police Station. Inspector Shashidhar rushed her to a hospital, assumed responsibility for her medical expenses, and saved her life. Today, this baby girl is alive, healthy and has been welcomed into a family.
A passerby rescued a newborn baby abandoned on the roadInspector Shashidhar and SI Pavitra were stunned when a man entered the station with a newborn claiming that he found her on the street. After hearing him out, their hearts went out to the little one, who was clearly in distress and needed medical attention.
"He was going home after a late night at 2:00 AM when he heard a baby crying. He noticed a bundle on that platform around Armugam circle. It is right in the middle of the road. He had the driver stop the car to look for the mother or just anyone. Once he realized what was really happening, he rescued the baby."
The baby was in distress, so the police took her to the hospitalThe man who rescued Baby Unknown took her to the police station the next morning. Inspector Shashidhar was shaken when he saw that she had not been washed or fed, and even had the clip on her umbilical cord. He rushed the baby to Cloudnine for an evaluation. Constables were deputed to guard the NICU, while the Inspector took responsibility for her care.
"She had severe respiratory distress and an infection because of the cord. She was on ventilator and in the hospital for 23 days. The government could not bear expenses as we brought her to Cloudnine Hospital. It was the nearest, and she needed immediate care."
We were her family during this terrible timeThe search for a family continued. The police were attached to this little one and prayed for her recovery. Inspector Shashidhar bore the medical expenses, but with bills amounting to Rs. 4 lakhs, he needed help. Cloudnine Hospital and its team of doctors provided the best possible fee with discounted service charges and priority care to help this little one recover.
"I had just Rs. 20,000, I paid all of it. I wanted to pay for the baby's treatment irrespective of the cost, since this hospital had overlooked the formalities and provided quality treatment to save her life. When the bills went beyond my affordability, the hospital helped me start a fundraiser for fulfilling the bills. We raised about Rs. 434,818. They also waived off most of the fee. "
These were the 23 toughest days of her lifeSlowly, this baby girl got stronger. The nurses and hospital staff grew emotionally attached to her and took care of her like their own. The police Inspector made arrangements to move her to Shishu Vihar once she recovered. On Day 23, she was perfectly healthy and handed over to Shishu Vihar.
"I wish I could have taken her home, but I did not have that opportunity. I am glad that I made the right decisions on the day we found her."
Her new beginning is our happily ever afterSeveral families came forward to make Baby Unknown their own. The details of her adoption are private. This baby girl is now a daughter to loving parents and is set to have a wonderful life ahead.
"I thank everyone who came forward and helped her when she needed it the most."
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