Newborn baby girl survives despite being stuffed in a backpack and thrown into a river off a bridge
Two fishermen heard the baby's cries and rescued the child before authorities stepped in and took her to a hospital
PERNAMBUCO, BRAZIL: A newborn baby girl miraculously survived despite being bundled into a backpack and thrown from a bridge into a river. According to witnesses, a man threw a backpack into the Capibaribe River early on Thursday, November 17, in Sao Lourenco da Mata, Brazil. When the bag fell into the river, two fisherman under the bridge, heard the baby's cries and found her.
One of the fishermen, Pedro, said "My companion [Arnaldo] grabbed the rod, picked up the bag and handed it to me. When I opened it, it was a child. I cried." After the two men requested assistance, police immediately transported the infant to a nearby maternity clinic, as per the Daily Mail.
The report claimed that the baby's umbilical cord was severed "unprofessionaly" after birth. Authorities said that the baby was being monitored in a hospital.
Brazil has strict laws against abortion, with sentences ranging from a year to three years in prison. Although legislation has been enacted to simplify the adoption process, new parents still face many obstacles.
According to Gê Cardoso, the guardianship counselor, no one had reportedly arrived to claim the child. "The police are looking into it, but there has been no update so far, and no one has come forward to the council. She is placed in foster care and is at the disposal of the legal system. Considering her age, she will most probably be entered into an adoption program, and there are a group of individuals who are willing to adopt her in the Acolher program" he said, as per globo.com. Police registered the case as an attempted murder through the Homicide Task Force. "Investigations have been initiated and will continue until the case is clarified," authorities reportedly said.
MEAWW had earlier reported how a baby girl miraculously survived a car accident while being inside a woman's womb in Sao Paulo. A pregnant woman was travelling in a truck that was transporting wood boards. The vehicle overturned on a highway when she lost control. The impact was such that she was ejected from the vehicle's cabin and crushed by the wood in the truck.
The baby was torn out of her womb and her umbilical cord got cut as she fell on the ground next to the road. Medics found the baby just metres away from the woman after hearing its cries. The infant was examined by the medical officials and discovered to be completely unharmed.