A group of teenagers is credited for potentially saving the life of a newborn who was abandoned on a remote road near the village of Sosnovka outside Novosibirsk.
The five friends had gone out for a walk on Orthodox Christmas Day Friday, January 7, 2022, when they came across something in an egg box.
“It was already dark, they were shining their phones, looking at what was in the box,” the father of one of the teenagers, Dmitry Litvinov, said. Inside was a baby girl left with a rag-like blanket and a bottle.
The concern was that the baby girl, who is believed to have been about three days old, might have suffered frostbite and would not survive.
Dimitry and his wife Anna were called to the scene by their son, Renat. They rushed the baby girl to the hospital where a doctor quickly warmed her by gently rubbing her arms and legs.
Thankfully the tiny girl turned pink and was found to be healthy, and was later transferred to a children’s hospital where she is now being cared for.
Police looking for the mother have opened a criminal investigation into the attempted murder of a minor.
Dmitry Litvinov and his wife Anna have stated that they wish to adopt the child if relatives cannot be found.
Mrs Litvinova said that she and many of the hospital staff had cried when they heard that the child was in good health.
The couple must first wait to find out whether the child’s relatives can be found. If they remain unavailable, they will be required to gather documents and take special courses before being allowed to adopt.
Natalya Veka, chief physician of the Geraskov Children’s Hospital No. 4, where the baby is now, specified that she had been fully examined.
“We have not identified any pathologies. The child’s condition is satisfactory: she eats well and sleeps well. We determined the age of the girl – at the time of admission she was about three days old. Now, respectively, about six days. Judging by the condition of the umbilical cord and the way it was processed, it was most likely a home birth.”