Officer who breastfed abandoned newborn credited with saving her life

A starving newborn who was abandoned near a remote forest settlement in Colombia was saved by a responding police officer who breastfed her while they waited for paramedics. Police officer Luisa Fernanda Urrea responded to the call and found the hours-old baby in bushes, Central European News (CEN) reported.

“I’m a new mother and I have milk and I recognized the needs that this poor little creature had,” Urrea told CEN. Medics said without Urrea’s actions the baby, who was still had part of the umbilical cord attached, might have died.

“I think any woman would have given her nourishment in the same circumstances,” she told CEN. A local who called police after hearing the baby cry said she initially believed it was a cat.

“The girl had some lacerations and was suffering from hypothermia. However, she was treated quickly and is now in good health,” police commandant Javier Martin told CEN. She is currently being cared for by the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF) while they search for an adoptive family. Police are also searching for the newborn’s mother who may face charges.

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