A tiny baby has been saved by medical staff after it was found thrown away in a rubbish bin.
A homeless man reportedly heard the baby's cries as they went to dump rubbish in the bin in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo in the early hours of April 3.
The baby weighing 1.8kg was taken to a hospital right next to where the bin was located.
Dr Bruno Chehade Pereira said that the umbilical cord of the baby was still attached and that the child had probably only been born around two hours earlier.
He shared a picture of medical staff cradling the baby on his social media page. "Tonight, during my shift at Bertioga Hospital, a newborn abandoned in a dumpster in the city, and rescued by a resident was bought in," he explained.
"Thanks to the great work of our whole team, he received all the necessary care at the time and is now in stable condition, without any risk to his life.
"It's impossible not to get emotional in a situation like this. It's moments like this that make this profession so special. Another life saved."
He later added: "Such a situation is sad. It even crosses our minds to adopt this child.
"At the time, we wonder how a mother can in good conscience or in another mental state [manage] to abandon a helpless child? I don't know her mental and financial conditions, but a situation like this is very sad."
Authorities are now trying to find the mother. The baby will remain in the hospital to put on weight, and after that will be moved to a foster home.
- CEN/ Australscope
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