New-born found on rail track with neck wound

Commuters saw the unconscious baby boy and took him to Rukminibai Hospital. He was transferred to Sion Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, where he is stable.

India
Oct 25 2013, 5:16 PM
New-born found on rail track with neck wound

A five-day-old infant was found on Tuesday night lying in a pool of blood on the tracks of Kalyan Station in suburban Mumbai.

Commuters saw the unconscious baby boy and took him to Rukminibai Hospital. He was transferred to Sion Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, where he is stable.

"In this human tragedy, we must celebrate the culture of life. Commuters who saved the child's life represent hope for all of us," said Auxiliary Archbishop Savio Fernandes of Mumbai.

The conditions under which the child was found suggest that whoever left him tried to kill him. The baby had a 5-cm long gash on the neck and other minor wounds on the cheek and chin. Doctors at the hospital had to sew three stitches on his neck to stop the bleeding.

The police, who dubbed the child a ‘miracle baby’, are on the trail of his parents. Law enforcement agents are visiting every private clinic in the area and questioning slum dwellers near the station.

"Abandoning a five-day-old infant is a loss of respect for the sanctity of life. Every child is a precious gift from God. The Church supports a culture of life. If you cannot keep your kids, take them to the Sisters of Mother Teresa. The Missionaries of Charity have many hostels and foster homes, and will be happy to take care of them,” Archbishop Fernandes said.

Dr Pascoal Carvalho, a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said, “What happened to the child is not an isolated incident. Failure to respect life means abandoning God. All sorts of corruption and amorality are its result that Indian history has witnessed recently. It is urgent to overcome the culture of death by promoting the culture of life and giving a voice to those who cannot defend themselves,” he said.

Source: AsiaNews

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