Baby girl stable after three-hour rescue mission

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The local community came together to help the rescue effort by donating kitchen cupboard doors to reinforce the dig site so earth and mud wouldn't collapse on the little girl, said Wilks.

It took emergency workers several hours to get to her. Rescuers were able to make their way down the drain pipes and locate the baby. "Durban fire department and the police search and rescue [unit] have cleared around the pipe and are trying to reach the child".

The team confirmed that a baby girl was stuck and was being washed further down the pipe.

He added that they can hear the baby crying and have gained access into the pipe.

The naked baby can be heard screaming as she is brought out into the sunlight and gently placed into a towel held by a paramedic.

The baby was found to be suffering from mild hypothermia when she was freed.

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Rescue Care Paramedics spokesman, Garrith Jamieson, said he spoke to the trauma doctor at the hospital and reported that the baby girl is doing very well.

Police are investigating the matter.

Her cries were first noticed by a passer-by.

The baby was stabalised on scene before she was transported to hospital.

Local PR councillor, Shontel De Boer, who was also at scene this morning said witnessing the rescue mission was a "chilling" experience as everyone was hoping that the baby was alive.

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