The world is an amazing place, but it can oftentimes be cruel and brutal. Parenthood is the biggest blessing in life, so stories of child abandonment are extremely disturbing to hear.
Once again, such an event has recently shocked the world.
On his way to his flat in Chiang Mai, Thailand, American ex-pat Eric Ransdell heard the cries of an infant from a pile of rubbish. When he went nearer, next to an old tire, he saw an hours-old baby girl covered in a black and red cotton blanket, and her umbilical cord was still attached.
He initially thought she was dead, as he saw her arm sticking out of the blanket, but after checking her pulse, he alerted his friends, and they called the police and rescue workers.
The baby was immediately admitted to intensive care at the Nakornping Hospital and she remains there until the police identify the mother.
Eric visited her in the hospital, and said that she is a “very lucky baby”, and she ” is in the infants’ ICU and doing well.”
“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.
I then met with a woman from social services who told me that once she is discharged from ICU, she will go to an infant care facility next to the hospital for three to four weeks. After that, there is a home for infants run by the government where she will stay while the police try to locate the mother.”
Yet, the local people claim that it won’t be easy to find the people who dumped the baby, and a street food seller who works nearby said that “it has been more quiet recently due to the pandemic so I think there might not have been anybody around to witness the cruel person who did this.”
Additionally, the police explained that most of the nearby buildings are private property, so it will take longer for them to access all the CCTV cameras.
Lieutenant Thanchanok Phromraj added:
“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.”
Unfortunately, baby abandonment happens often in Thai society, mostly due to problems like family issues, and unwanted pregnancies.
Yet, mothers have other options, as children who need care can get it at governments and private sponsored faculties, but many parents do not avail themselves of these services.
Let’s now all pray for the little angel to recover fast and find a lovely home, and congratulate Eric for being so humane and helping her.