A South African spent hours scouring bushes to find a crying abandoned baby.
Edenvale, Johannesburg – The Edenvale Hub recency shared a story of how a life was saved because an inspiration South African hero was determined to not stop until she found the source of a distant crying baby.
On Friday the 25th of January, when most of us were simply grateful for our paychecks, Jaimie Penny from Edenvale welfare received a call. There was a baby crying in the bushes at Horwood farm. The caller couldn’t find the source and hoped Jaimie could help. Jaimie and the Afriforum team braved the driving rain, but could not get to the island due to the river bursting its banks.
The fire brigade advised her to wait until the river had slowed down and the rain had stopped.
Early Saturday morning, Jaimie went back to find the crying child. After a two hour search, a 1 year old little girl was found in terrible conditions and toddling right next to the bank of the river that was threatening to flood the evening before.
The little baby was rushed to hospital for assessment and treatment. She had crystal meth in her system. She was taken to a place of safety and weaned off of any remaining drugs in her system.
“Because Jaimie gave up her personal time, this lovely little girl will have a future. We need more passionate people like Jaimie in our community! Thank you, you are a shining example of what selflessness and social consciousness looks like!!”
Child abandonment continues to be a major challenge in South Africa. Every year it is estimated that 3,500 children are abandoned and this figure refers only to the children who survive. Of these survivors, 90% are under the age of one. They are left alone and defenceless.