WARNING: The images might be distressing for some people
Incidents of desperate mothers abandoning their newborn babies have become far too common these days. From the Philippines to the United States, this problem exists in many countries worldwide. However, some babies are lucky to have been found in time by kindhearted strangers and are given the chance to live, just like this baby from Thailand.
On May 12, 2019, locals in Ladkrabang District of Bangkok found a newborn baby partly wrapped with a tiny blanket in a field, the Daily Mail reported.
When the little one was found, her umbilical cord was still attached. https://t.co/ko7Xcb5iop
— Metro (@MetroUK) May 23, 2019
Sadly the baby’s umbilical cord had not been cut, suggesting she was not more than a day old. Residents nearby had heard crying noises the night before but hadn’t taken it seriously thinking it was something else; then on hearing the noise again in the morning, they called the emergency services, according to Metro.
When they found the baby girl after she had been out in the elements all night, her skin was covered in mosquito and ant bites and it looked rather painful for the small child. Though the child hadn’t suffered from any injuries, her forehead was particularly sore, as per media reports.
The officials first carried out a preliminary health check before rushing her to the Lat Krabang Hospital and leaving her under the care of nurses there.
The local police began an investigation to find the parents. According to the Daily Mail, local inspector Lieutenant Colonel Samart Klinklao believed that the parents might have lived nearby. Officers were sent to check nearby communities to ask locals if they knew anything about the baby. The inspector, of Chalong Krung police station, intended to check the CCTV cameras in the street looking for clues to the missing mother.
No further update had been made by the hospital, but it is hoped that the baby girl made a good recovery.
Another Newborn Baby Found Covered in Bites in the Philippines
However, it isn’t the first time a newborn child has been abandoned in such a tragic condition. In March 2019, the Daily Mail reported about a newborn baby girl who was abandoned and then found covered in insect bites in a forest in the Philippines.
The sad video shows a local gently lifting the baby girl out from among dried leaves and thorns, with her scalp still wet. Using the pink shirt found beside the newborn, they wiped the dirt and dust off her head and tiny body. Eliezer Rosalejos, one of the locals who helped rescue the baby, said in the video, “Thank God the baby is still alive and we found her on time.”
Though the baby was covered in insect bites all over her body and her face blistered from the hot sun with the temperature being close to 93 degrees Fahrenheit (approx. 34 degrees Celsius), the Daily Mail reported at the time that she was in a stable condition at the hospital, in the care of the welfare department. Officers from the Olango Island Police Station were checking medical records and hoping to find the mother so she could receive help and account for her actions.
It is easy to respond emotionally to the sad and distressing stories of finding babies abandoned, but it is also uplifting to know how they survived and to hear about the help they received from communities who decided to care for them or other families who adopt them.
Wondering what happens to some of the abandoned babies? In Thailand, orphanages take care of these unwanted children. One that stands out is the Pattaya Orphanage, which was founded in 1971. “A desperate, young Thai mother arrived carrying her baby on the doorstep of Pattaya’s new parish priest, Father Ray Brennan. Unable to care for her child, she left the baby in Father Ray’s care. More children soon followed and the Pattaya Orphanage was born.” According to their website, the orphanage has supported the lives of thousands of children through the years.
Meanwhile, in the Philippines, they have Brighthalls and many orphanages. Brighthalls is a temporary home for abandoned, neglected, and surrendered children; some babies are adopted from the home. Paquito “Pen” Roque, chairman of the board at Brighthalls, once told PhilStarGobal, “We appeal to these parents to turn over their babies to a caring agency (like Brighthalls Children’s Foundation) instead of leaving them in the streets so their babies are taken care of right away.”
Indeed, each life is precious.