Thursday 8 December 2016

Police officer saves abandoned baby's life by breastfeeding her

Published 14/01/2016 | 12:05

A police officer in Columbia is being hailed as a hero after saving an abandoned baby's life by breastfeeding her while waiting for an ambulance.

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New mother Luisa Fernanda Urrea was called to an isolated forest area where a baby had just been found in an undergrowth.

The frail baby seemed to be starving, freezing and at risk of hypothermia. While emergency services rushed to the scene, Ms Fernanda Urrea took matters into her own hands and started breast feeding the baby girl.

However, Lucia says she done what anyone in the same position would have done.

"I’m a new mother and I have milk and I recognised the needs that this poor little creature had," she told local media.

"I think any woman would have given her nourishment in the same circumstances."

The baby was found by a woman looking for oranges when she heard crying. She immediately called the police when she discovered the girl, who still had part of her umbilical cord attached.

The young girl is now in the care of the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF), who are hoping to find the baby a new home with loving parents.

Police are searching for the baby's mother, who may face charges of attempted murder.

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