An hours-old baby girl was found abandoned amidst rubbish on the side of the road in Chiang Mai, Thailand. American ex-pat Eric Ransdell was the one who found the baby girl while walking back home. He heard cries of the infant coming from the side of the road near his flat. He tried to find the source of the noise and found the baby girl that had just been born and its umbilical cord was still attached. The baby was covered in a black and red cotton blanket and it was lying next to an old tire, according to The Mirror
. He found the baby’s arm sticking out of the blanket and assumed it was dead.
Ransdell checked her pulse and found the baby was still alive. He immediately called his friends, who alerted the cops and rescue workers. The authorities rushed the baby to a hospital where she was admitted to an intensive care unit. The hospital authorities said the baby was recovering well. The authorities are now hoping to find the parents of the child. Eric Ransdell visited the hospital later, where he was told that the baby was a very lucky baby
. “The baby is in the infants’ ICU and doing well,” said Ransdell.c”They have her on antibiotics as a preventive measure for the next five to seven 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.”
Eric Ransdell also enquired about what would happen to her once she recovered fully, and he was assured by a social worker that she would go to an infant care facility located near the hospital for a period of three to four weeks. Once the baby’s discharged from the infant care facility, she will be moved to a home for infants run by the government. The baby will remain there while the authorities try to locate the parents of the baby. Finding the parents of the baby is going to be no easy task, according to the locals. “This is a residential area where there are lots of different groups of people,” a local street food vendor told local media. He also added that with the Coronavirus outbreak, a majority of the people remain indoors which means there’s a good chance people might have seen who abandoned the baby. “It has been quieter recently due to the pandemic so I think there might not have been anybody around to witness the cruel person who did this,” added the street food vendor.
The cops said they could get caught up in red-tapism as most of the buildings in the vicinity are private property. “Almost every CCTV camera in the area belongs to condominium blocks, which will take longer for us to access to them all,” said Lieutenant Thanchanok Phromraj. “We suspect that the mother’s incentive to leave her baby might be that she is in poverty and struggling to pay her bills due to the pandemic or it was an unexpected baby and she did not want anybody to know.”