Teenager ‘gives birth’, dumps two-week-old baby in ‘sack bag’ at Ebonyi hospital

About two-week-old baby girl was on Friday found under the staircase of Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (AEFETHA).

The baby girl was wrapped in a sack bag and dumped under a stir case at female surgical ward of the hospital by her mother suspected to be a teenager.

At the moment, doctors and nurses are battling to save the life of the baby  at Neo-natal ward of the hospital.  

This is even as the police in the state have commenced investigation into the matter. 

A Pastor, Dan Orji, who  had gone to the female ward of the hospital early Friday morning to see his sick wife when he heard the cry of the baby who was struggling inside the bag allegedly kept by the mother and raised the alarm which attracted security agents who came and contacted the management.

He said, “this morning as early as 7:30am, I was contacted and immediately because my wife was admitted in the hospital, I rushed to FETHA 2. On entering a ward I heard a baby crying behind and I didn’t see any mother there.

“I was shocked and looked again and the cry persisted. Io and behold, behind a stir case  I saw a sack bag and peeped . I saw a baby struggling  inside the bag and I  shouted.

“People came out from the ward and started shouting saying who did this! Who did this!!. The nurses came down from upstairs and brought out the baby. The baby was well dressed, beautiful baby girl. They took her upstairs and started treating her.

“The person who dumped the baby in the stir case was very sharp, I don’t know how she beat security men and came into the ward, drop the baby and then left. This is a baby of about two weeks old. Is like is one of these single ladies that took in and maybe she didn’t want people to know she is pregnant and gave birth. She didn’t want to kill the baby and that’s why she came and dropped the baby here where she will be safe so that people can take care of the baby.

The Public Relations of the hospital, Oji Uzodimma confirmed the incident.

He said, “This morning, I got a call from the security people that a baby was abandoned within our hospital complex, FETHA 2. We now rushed and alerted the management of the hospital and commenced treatment immediately to save the life of the baby.

“We don’t have any record of a baby missing from our hospital and it has never happened. We have very strong security outfit here. So, they discovered a baby crying here, when they now checked, they saw the baby crying under a stair case. Is like somebody brought the baby and dumped her  here because the baby was not delivered here. We have reported it to appropriate authorities and security agencies and they are doing their investigations.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Loveth Odah confirmed the incident.

While condemning the act, she disclosed that the command was investigating the matter. 

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