The woman who found and helped rescue a newborn baby girl left abandoned in a freezing storm drain surrounded by stinging red ants in South Africa has hailed the “miracle” from God.
“I honestly believe I was meant to find that baby by God as I usually take a different route on my dog walk but for some reason went another way,” 63-year-old Charmaine Keevy said, according to MailOnline.
“I cannot help but feel that there is some sort of a plan and a purpose for that little girl’s life — it is a miracle without a doubt.”
Keevy explained that she was out early in the morning walking her dog, Georgie, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, when he started barking at a storm drain duct in the gutter.
The woman, who is a boss at a catering company, said that she got down on her hands and knees and heard the baby’s crying coming from inside the drain.
She waved down cars on the road until a motorist by the name of Cornie Viljoen pulled over to help. He took a steel bar from his car and helped Keevy open the concrete slab covering the drain.
Viljoen dropped six feet inside the drain, only to find himself being stung by a colony of red ants as he tried to pick up the baby.
“I didn’t know if the baby was injured so I tried to pick her up very carefully and very slowly and she was so small. I just wanted to hold her for a while but I knew that she needed urgent medical help,” the man said.
“The baby was lucky the red ants were higher up in the drain and not down at the bottom where she was,” he continued.
“I just do not know why anyone could do this to a newborn baby but I was just so glad that we were able to help her and save her life. I told Charmaine to call the emergency services right away.”
Keevy called the police, after which an ambulance arrived and took the baby girl to a local hospital for treatment.
Source: Associated Press