A two-day-old baby was found Saturday afternoon at the doorstep of a home located on a central Jerusalem
street, near Damascus Gate,
with a note in Arabic
reading "this is my baby Osana, take care of her." The umbilical cord was still attached to the newborn's body, raising the possibility that the baby was born without any medical assistance.
The baby was found by a boy who was playing nearby. He alerted his mother who immediately informed the authorities. Magen David Adom paramedics examined the baby on site, and rushed her in good condition to Hadassah
Mount Scopus Hospital in the city.
The man residing in the home where the infant was abandoned said that the baby was asleep. "She had a very cute face, and frankly I have no idea why they left her specifically outside our house," he said. "In our opinion, it is a gift, but one that we cannot keep. They took the baby to the hospital and I hope she will be alright."
The abandoned newborn
paramedic who treated the baby said that she was elegantly dressed, and had diapers, a bottle of milk and letter in Arabic beside her. "I gave her a sugar test, the family that was there helped and took care of her," the paramedic said.
"I've seen many shocking cases," the paramedic added, "but this one is indescribable, holding a two-day-old crying baby and you don't know who she belongs to." His team transferred the baby to the hospital, where doctors determined she is in good condition. "She is undergoing tests," the paramedic informed.
Police forces are now trying to locate the parents and family of the baby. A possible explanation for the event is that the infant was abandoned since her mother was not able to support her, or that pregnancy was unwanted.
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