A Philippine community was left in shock Monday when a trash collector found a newborn baby in a garbage bag hanging from a fence.
The Daily Mail reports the baby boy is doing well in the hospital now, and several families have offered to adopt him. Meanwhile, local authorities said they are looking for his mother who is believed to be a teenager.
On Monday morning, a trash collector heard the baby’s faint cries while collecting garbage in Lapu-Lapu City in the Philippines, according to the report. The man said he almost threw the bag away when he heard the baby inside.
He and others who stopped tried to care for the baby until paramedics arrived, the report states. They said the newborn was barely conscious when they found him.
The baby was taken to Lapu-Lapu District Hospital in an ambulance. Authorities said they also found a high school uniform with blood stains in the bag, and suspect it was the baby’s mother’s.
“At first we did not know whether the baby is alive or dead. We did not know what to do, then someone suggested to call an ambulance,” said Rheene Lee, one of the people who stopped to help. “The baby is very fortunate that he was found, because the trash collector was about to put the bag in the truck.
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“I hope now that the boy will be taken care of,” Lee continued. “But I also feel sorry for the mother. The school uniform was that of a teenager and she will need help.”
A spokesperson for the hospital said the baby is doing well, and several people already have expressed an interest in adopting him.
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