Pradeep Pattanayak

In a heart-wrenching incident, a newborn baby girl was found dumped near the Dhamra petrol pump in Bhadrak district in the late hours of Monday night. The rescued infant is presently undergoing treatment at Bhadrak district headquarters hospital (DHH). 

According to sources, a social activist Sumant Mohanty first heard the cries of a baby near the Dhamra petrol pump. He went to the place from where the cries were coming only to find a newborn baby girl dumped there. He rescued her and rushed her to Dhamra primary health centre (PHC). All the required treatments were provided to the infant at the PHC before shifting her to the Bhadrak DHH. 

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“Social workers first spotted the newborn baby near the Dhamara petrol pump at around 11 pm. They immediately brought the baby to the hospital. When we received the baby she was crying. We provided all the required primary treatment to her. Her weight is three kilograms and her health condition is stable,” said Dr Janmejay Behera of Dhamra PHC. 

On December 12, 2023, a two-day-old baby was found dumped in the borewell at Laripalli under Rengali block. The district administration with the help of the Fire Department personnel and ODRAF managed to rescue the girl after an 8-hour-long exercise. As the newborn survived such a disaster, she was named Bijayini. Her 21st-day ritual was celebrated at VIMSAR on January 1. She was discharged from the hospital on January 11.

(Reported by Trilochan Sahu)