In what can be described as a humanitarian gesture, a woman police constable in Bengaluru, India breastfed an abandoned baby boy to save his life.
The baby was found wrapped in a plastic bag, abandoned near a construction site in Bengaluru’s Electronic city, according to media reports.
The first to arrive at the site was Assistant Sub-Inspector R. Nagesh, who said that the baby was in a bad shape, covered in blood with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck.
Nagesh brought the infant to a hospital nearby where he was treated by the doctors for free. After that, he brought the baby to the police station where Archana, a lady constable breastfed the infant.
Archana had recently returned to work from her maternity leave. She is a mother to a three-month-old baby.
The abandoned baby was named Kumaraswamy after Karnataka’s new Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.
“He is the government’s baby now and we decided to name him Kumaraswamy as he will be under the care of the government,” Nagesh told newsmen.
Police Constable Archana Shivanandiyya, told newsmen she was only acting out of “motherly instinct’’.
“We salute the mother in our lady Police Constable Archana, who rescued an abandoned newborn and breastfed the infant,’’ the Bangalore Police posted on Facebook, amid praise from many users on the site.
The baby boy was discovered wrapped inside a plastic bag near a construction site in the southern metropolis of Bangalore on June 1.
Shivanandiyya and her colleague Police Insp R. Nagesh found the baby covered in blood, with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck.
The infant was taken to a nearby hospital, where doctors cleaned him and removed the umbilical cord and then brought to the police station.
“The baby was really weak and not moving much, making us all worried.
“I could not suppress my motherly instinct and took him immediately to an adjacent room to feed him,’’ Archana told newsmen.
The 31-year old had recently returned to work after three months of maternity leave.
“The milk was like an elixir that saved the baby.
“He started kicking about and crying loudly, which sent a wave of cheer and joy to all the staff at the police station,’’ Nagesh said.
He has now been brought to a children’s home.
Kumaraswamy tweeted that he was “deeply moved’’ and would meet the policewoman who “nursed the little one to live’’ to express gratitude.