"When they took the bag out, they found a baby wrapped in a cloth. She was alive and crying."
Trigger warning: contains details that may be distressing to some.
The birth of a stillborn child led to the discovery of another newborn baby girl who was found buried alive just days after her birth.
The shocking series of events began when a couple, Hitesh and Vaishali Kumar, lost their daughter at birth after the wife went into labor in Uttar Pradesh, India. The couple was confronted with the difficult reality of having to bury their stillborn. And to do so, they were accompanied by workers who helped them dig up a grave for the child.
"My wife had given birth to a stillborn child at a private hospital in Rampur Garden locality of the city," Hitesh said, as quoted by The Sun. "We took the baby to a crematorium where the labours were digging a grave. Suddenly, a laborer's spade hit a pot. It was kept in a bag."
Hitesh and the rest of the group were moments away from finding the 3-day-old infant that was buried alive about three-feet below the ground.
"When they took the bag out, they found a baby wrapped in a cloth. She was alive and crying," Hitesh went on to say. "At one point I thought my daughter has come alive but the voice was actually coming from the pot. We couldn’t understand much and asked the guard to have a look at it. When the pot was opened, a baby girl was kept inside. I immediately called an ambulance and informed police to ensure that her life was saved."
The tiny baby, weighing only 2.4 to 2.5 lbs was rushed to the hospital where doctors gave her the medical attention she needed. Despite being put through extremely harsh conditions, the little one's tiny body was able to bounce back and doctors called her a "fighter."
"Premature babies often need less oxygen supply to survive, she truly is a fighter," said Doctor Saurabh Anjan said at the time. "She must be receiving some oxygen when buried in the grave through the pores in the soil which was possibly loose as the grave must be fresh... She survived despite her platelet count dropped to 10,000 while the normal range is 150,000 and exhibited the character of a true fighter. We are providing every possible treatment to her."
Following the baby being dumped in a cruel way in October 2019, the police launched an investigation and police chief Abhinandan Singh said, "We are trying to find the parents of the baby and we suspect that this must have happened with their consent."
Around the time when the baby was rescued, reports said that Hitesh and Vaishali were considering the idea of adopting the baby. "My sister and her husband were devastated after they gave birth to a stillborn but this baby has given some hopes to them," Viashali sister's Pooja told local media, as reported by the Daily Mail. "They are willing to adopt her and will approach the child welfare committee once she is completely healed and fit enough to go home."
Although Hitesh and Vaishali expressed interest in adopting the girl, it was later reported in December, 2019 by BBC that the girl was going to be put up for adoption.