Supercop 'breastfeeds' malnourished baby after doctors are "too busy" to help
Celeste Ayala was on guard on the Sor Maria Ludovica youngsters’s hospital in Buenos Aires when the child was rushed in screaming and crying.
A police officer breastfed a "malnourished and soiled" baby that was unattended to in an Argentinian hospital where she was on duty. Reportedly, hospital authorities were "too busy" to take care of the child. A baby was brought into the Sor Maria Ludovica children's hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where police officer Celeste Ayala found him crying incessantly while on she was working.
Noticing that the baby was hungry and that the medical staff was overloaded with work, Ayala asked the doctors around for permission to hold and feed him. The doctors thanked the police officer for her help and granted her permission to tend to him. Subsequently, Ayala took the baby in her arms, cuddled him, and proceeded to breastfeed him. To her joy, the infant stopped crying immediately.
Ayala later told local media outlets: "I noticed that he was hungry, as he was putting his hand into his mouth, so I asked to hug him and breastfeed him. It was a sad moment, it broke my soul seeing him like this, society should be sensitive to the issues affecting children, it cannot keep happening."
Marcos Heredia, a friend of Ayala, claimed that the hospital staff told her the baby was "dirty". However, Ayala was not concerned at all. Heredia took a photo of the good cop feeding the hungry baby and shared it on social media, where it went viral.
He said: "I want to make public this great gesture of love you made today for this little baby who you did not know, but for who you did not hesitate to act like a mother. You did not care if he was dirty, which is what the hospital staff called him. Good job mate."
According to The Sun, the photo allegedly received over 68,000 likes, around 300 supportive comments, and over 94,000 shares. Local media sources reported that the mother of the baby is "in a dire situation" and is a single mom to six children, including the infant.
Ayala volunteers at a local fire brigade in her spare time. Her colleagues at the fire station recognized her "heroic" gesture and shared the photo on their official social media account, writing: "We want to congratulate the voluntary firefighting cadet Celeste Ayala who yesterday in her job as police officer whilst she was on guard duty at the hospital, breastfed a young child who arrived crying.
"Actions like these fill us with pride and obligate us to redouble the effort, the work and the solidarity with our community."
Antonella Romano, a friend of Ayala, commented: "I didn't expect any less from you! You are not just a great woman, but a great mother. What pride, those who know you, know that everything you do is with."