Midwife gives dumped newborn rebirth
18 Jan 2009
NAGPUR: As a midwife, Maya Wanjari normally facilitates deliveries at the reputed hospital in Hingna. But on Saturday, when she was off-duty,Wanjari used her expertise to save a life.
When 45-year-old Wanjari saw an abandoned baby, less that a week old, at Chintamani Nagar, she stepped up and answered the call of duty. “I was at home when children flying kites around in the neighbourhood raised an alarm. I rushed out to check the matter and spotted the baby lying near the road,” said Wanjari, a mother of three. “Initially, I was surprised as the infant was not crying. It seemed in no apparent discomfort,” she added, even as she held it warmly.
“I am a professional midwife and I knew the first priority was to protect the baby from infections. Therefore, I cleaned the baby with lukewarm water. I clothed it and fed it with a little milk. The boy must be hungry as he drank the milk that I had offered. But all this while, the baby kept calm even after being held by someone whose touch or feel he is not accustomed to,” said Maya carefully, draping the baby as the doctors at government medical college and hospital started their treatment on the baby.
Head constable Rajendra Dumbhare of zone-I special patrolling squad was tipped off after the baby triggered sensation in the developing residential area near Besa. Reacting quickly, the cop informed Ajni police station. A mobile patrolling van was directed to reach the spot with some women constables. The baby, along with Wanjari, was rushed to GMCH and later shifted to ward no 3. Doctors, attending the baby, said that the boy was fine.
“I wish I could retain the baby and raise him as my child,” said a dejected Maya after learning that she cannot legally keep the baby with her.