Abandoned twin baby girls handed over to orphanage in Koraput

Koraput: Twin baby girls, whose mother died after giving birth, were handed over to the Koraput Missionaries of Charity, an orphanage, by the District Child Protection Unit (DPCU) today after no one came forward claiming custody of the newborns.

According to sources, on November 23, the twin girls were delivered by a woman on the roadside on Kalibeda-Pottangi road. However, the woman died immediately after delivery. The newborns were brought to Koraput Saheed Laxman Nayak (SLN) Medical College and Hospital by their father and other family members. The duo was admitted to the Sick Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) as their health condition was critical, added sources. However, after two days, the family members left the hospital and didn’t return.

The SNCU in-charge informed about the matter to the District Child Protection Unit following which a joint team including Child Welfare Committee (CWC) members reached the hospital and took custody of the twins and handed them to the Missionaries of Charity, informed sources.

“We will contact the father of the twins. If he wants to surrender than we will initiate the adoption process. If he wants to take back the children, he can take them after they are 2 years old,” said District Child Protection officer (DCPO), Rajashree Das.

“Next course of action will be taken as per the decision of the committee” said Gayatri Devi, CWC chairperson.

“Now their health condition is better. Regular health checkups and proper care should be taken for their healthy growth,” said Arakhita Swain, Head of Pediatric department of SLN Medical College and Hospital.