Newborn baby girl survives being thrown from a bridge into a river inside a backpack in Brazil
- A newborn in Brazil survived being thrown from a bridge into a river
- Witnesses say a man threw a backpack into the Capibaribe River on November 17
- Local fishermen found the baby after hearing cries coming from the backpack
A newborn miraculously survived being thrown from a bridge into a river inside a backpack.
Witnesses told military police they saw a man throw a backpack into the Capibaribe River in Sao Lourenco da Mata, Brazil, on the morning of November 17.
Two fishermen below bridge rescued the baby after seeing the bag crash into the river and hearing the baby’s cries.
One of the fishermen, Pedro, said his mate “grabbed the rod, picked up the bag and handed it to me.
“When I opened it, it was a child.
A man holds a newborn baby girl found in a backpack on Thursday November 17
Fishermen Pedro and Arnaldo rescued the little girl after hearing screams coming from a backpack
Witnesses saw a man on a motorbike throw the baby in a backpack into the Capibaribe River
The two men immediately called the military police, who took the baby to a nearby maternity ward.
The infant is said to have been born a few hours earlier and the umbilical cord to have been cut “in an unprofessional manner”.
Health officials said the girl’s condition was stable and she remained under observation in hospital.
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Although legislation has come into effect to make the process of adopting children easier, there are still obstacles for new parents.
As of this writing, the biker is still on the run.
Two fishermen saw the backpack crash into the Capibaribe River on Thursday morning
A witness shows where the newborn baby girl fell into the river in Sao Lourenco da Mata
In 2018, another baby survived a 118ft fall from a bridge in northeast Brazil, thrown by her mother who suffered from mental health issues and depression.
The child suffered only minor bruises and was rescued by police.
Relatives claim the child was born from sexual abuse suffered by the mother while hospitalized at the Sao Francisco mental health unit in 2017.