The Miracle Baby Left in a Dumpster at Birth Is Doing Well

Thanks to Tom Pechinski for the update on this miracle baby in St. Louis…

On May 18, 2006, this was reported in the local news:

Premature baby survives in a dumpster overnight still attached to placenta

Today Tom wrote in with this update from the AP:

Baby Girl Found In Trash Bin Doing ‘Amazingly Well’

ST. LOUIS (AP) — She’s known simply as “Baby Girl,” and the tiny infant discovered in mid-May in a trash bin behind a St. Louis-area Chinese restaurant is doing “amazingly well” in her recovery, one of her doctors said Friday.

The girl, born 10 weeks early, now weighs about 4 pounds, is breathing on her own and is learning to feed, said Dr. Greg Mantych, clinical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis.

“She’s done amazingly well,” Mantych said. “All the babies are special for us, but this is one where the nurses and all the caregivers recognize how special and lucky she is to have done this well.”

The baby was born in the pre-dawn hours of May 15 in St. Charles. About 10 a.m., police received call from the hospital where the mother had gone for treatment. A nurse said she had just learned the mother placed the baby in the trash bin.

Paramedics expected to find a dead baby — especially since overnight temperatures had dipped into the 50s, and the child was reportedly in a trash bag. But when they pulled her from the bin, they detected a pulse, and heard a faint cry.

When she arrived at Cardinal Glennon, “we had the concerns of any premature baby — her lung development and breathing issues,” Mantych said. “On top of that, with her, we had exposure and low temperature as well as the risk of infection from being exposed in a not-clean environment.”

“To go through what she did, it’s a miracle she is doing this well.”

Thank you Tom for this great news.

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