A Bengaluru policewoman is being hailed for her motherly act while on duty. The 25-year-old constable from Yelahanka police station breastfed the one-day-old baby girl dumped by the roadside on Wednesday. Seeing the baby cry, Sangitha S Haliman volunteered to breastfeed the baby. The infant was shivering in the cold weather at GVVK campus near Yelahanka. She was saved by civil defence wardens and taken to a nearby government hospital.
Before the constable came to the hospital, the baby was fed with formula milk and on IV fluids. Sanitha told The Times of India, "The baby reminded me of my daughter. When I saw her, I felt like feeding her and asked doctors if I could nurse her. She seemed like a healthy child though she was bitten by ants. I don’t understand how could the baby’s parents leave her, that too uncovered in this chilly weather." Video: Bengaluru Woman Constable Breastfeeds Abandoned New Born Baby To Save His Life.
Sangitha who is the mother of a 10-month-old baby breastfed the infant for 10 to 15 minutes. Dr Asma Tabassum, medical superintendent, Yelahanka general hospital said, "The child, weighing 2.7kg, was suffering from hypothermia (drop in body temperature due to exposure to cold) and was highly susceptible to infection. The cop volunteered to feed the child as she was moved by her plight." She also praised the cop's kind act. As Mother Writes Exam, Telangana Cop Consoles Crying Baby Outside Centre.
The baby was then shifted to Vanivilas Hospital at 11:30 am where she is undergoing treatment at the neonatal intensive care unit. In a similar incident, a woman constable from Hyderabad breastfed an abandoned two-month-old baby last month. Priyanka, a mother herself was praised for her actions by Hyderabad city police.