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Families rush to adopt abandoned Sharjah baby

Infant found last week now in ‘perfect health'

Gulf News

Sharjah: Social welfare officials have received at least a dozen phone calls from interested Emirati families wishing to adopt an 11-day-old baby girl that was abandoned last week in Sharjah.

The baby girl was discovered by a man outside a villa in Al Hera, and was admitted to Al Qasimi Hospital to recuperate from a fever and a cold.

Naeema Al Nakhi, head of the social services section at Al Qasimi Hospital said the baby, whose nationality is not known, was in a healthy and stable condition.

"She was left on the floor without a blanket to cover her up from the wind. If she was left for a longer time in the cold it could have been fatal," said Naeema.

She has recovered and is in perfect health now, the official said. "She was left in the open with not even a blanket to shield her from the elements. It could have led to her death, but thankfully she was saved in time," Naema added.

She said vaccinations and a medical file would be issued and by Wednesday, she would be referred to the Social Welfare Home for Children at Sharjah Social Services.

Al Hera Police Station is currently searching for the baby's parents.

This is the second baby found abandoned in Sharjah in 2012. A baby boy was found in January in Al Dhaid.