A bystander had spotted the newborn after climbing down into the drain on Monday, Garrith Jamieson, head of Durban Rescue Care, said in a statement obtained by CNN.
The mood in Newlands East is bitter-sweet this afternoon following the miraculous discovery and safe rescuing of a newborn baby girl, who was found in a storm water drain, this morning.
The area was dug up and a chisel and hammer were used to break into the drain. It was raining last night, this little baby was washed down from up on the roadway.
"It's really a miracle that this baby was saved".
After being transferred to Chief Albert Luthuli hospital, news came through that this courageous little one was doing well.
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"We went down to the drain and put the lights on and I couldnt see and I took off my top and I could see the baby there in the corner", said Lovdale.
"She has been awake, responsive and crying", Dr. Timothy Hardcastle told News24 Durban. Her glucose, and sugar levels have been good. "It is mercy from above that she is alive".
He added:' It is great news she has been rescued and she is now in a stable condition so a great ending for all the rescuers and personnel and paramedics who did this. "She's basically stable enough to be transferred to one of the other base hospitals".
Photos of the child, posted on social media, show that she is now recovering from the ordeal.