Paramedics and firefighters from KwaDukuza, north of South Africa's coastal city of Durban this morning, rescued a newborn baby girl from a soggy, dark and cold pit toilet where she was allegedly dumped.
"The muffled cries of a newborn baby girl alerted passers-by to her plight, discarded in a long drop toilet and clinging to life," the South African Press Agency quoted Netcare 911 spokesman Jeff Wicks.
Long drop toilets are very common in South Africa, especially in townships and informal settlements. It comprises of a 3 to 6 feet trench narrow enough to stand with one leg on either side, with often a basic shelter built over it.
After the grim discovery, paramedics and firefighters destroyed the top structure of the long drop toilet before a firefighter clad in protective gear entered the pit to save the baby.
Netcare911 Advanced Life Support Paramedic Shaun Paul said the child was coated in feces and was in a serious condition.
"The child was treated for hypothermia and immediately rushed to the Stanger hospital for the care she required," Paul said.
It is unsure how the baby ended in the toilet, but it is suspected she was dumped. The police have begun a search for the mother.