A newborn baby girl is recovering in the hospital after a truck driver found her abandoned in a roadside toilet in the central Asian country of Kazakhstan, The Daily Mail reports.
The man reportedly stopped to use the toilet on Jan. 2 in Almaty, southern Kazakhstan, when he saw the baby in the sewage pit below, surrounded by excrement and trash, according to the report. The truck drive acted quickly, calling emergency services to help rescue the child from the sewage pit in bitterly cold weather.
The report continues:
They feared she would be dead in the hour it took to dismantle the toilet but, despite her torrid start to life and the bitter cold she was left in, the baby survived.
She was then taken to a hospital in the nearby village of Lugovoi, south east Kazakhstan, on January 2, where she was diagnosed to be suffering from severe hypothermia.
Hospital medics said the baby is recovering well from its ordeal. A hospital spokesman said: ‘The baby’s condition is good and stable.’
Police believe the mother gave birth while squatting over the hole in the floor and cut through her own umbilical cord to let the infant fall into the pit.
Local media reports have said that police have not managed to track the woman down.
Last year, LifeNews reported the story of another young Kazakhstani girl who was born with birth defects and abandoned by her parents. Saule Sadykova’s parents believed she was cursed because she had a cleft lip, a raised eye and a disabled leg.