A fully developed foetus with the placenta still attached was found dumped on a riverbank in Alberton on Wednesday morning.
Netcare911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said members of the public discovered the foetus at around 11:00 on Wednesday.
“We responded to a call for help after members of the public found the foetus at the river.”
Herbst said when medics arrived on the scene they found a fully developed foetus with placenta attached lying on the bank of a small stream on the corners of Alwyn Taljaard and Du Plessis Road in Alberton.
“The foetus was assessed was sadly declared deceased on the scene by a Netcare 911 emergency care practitioner.”
Herbst said it is not clear how long the foetus had been exposed for.
“The Alberton SAPS was on scene and will be investigating.”
“Abandonment of infants in South Africa is, unfortunately, a common occurrence,” The Door of Hope organisation said.
“Many of these children are left to die, or simply abandoned, in dustbins, open fields, public toilets, or on train tracks.”
The organisation that something needed to be done.
“In 1999 the Berea Baptist Mission Church said, “something needs to be done”. Under the leadership of Pastor Cheryl Allen, the church made a hole in their wall and a ‘Baby Box’ was installed allowing for mothers to leave their babies any time day or night for the church to take care of them.”
The moment a baby is placed, care workers on duty receive an electronic signal alerting them. The baby is taken in and the anonymity of the “donor” is ensured.
“News has spread and other babies have been brought personally by their mothers or have come through other means such as the police, community members, hospitals or clinics.”