"At one point I thought my daughter has come alive but the voice was actually coming from the pot."
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A family was heartbroken after they were forced to bid farewell to their newborn. However, their agony resulted in something unexpected.
According to The Sun, Hitesh and Vaishali Kumar from Uttar Pradesh, India, lost their daughter at birth in October 2019. The devastated couple was faced with the reality of burying their stillborn daughter soon after her birth.
So the couple along with some workers went ahead to dig 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," said Hitesh.
However, the grave-digging led to a shocking discovery. The workers, who were digging, found a pot. Moments later, they found a baby alive and crying in the pot.
Recalling the incident, Hitesh said, "We took the baby to a crematorium where the labors were digging a grave. Suddenly, a laborer's spade hit a pot. It was kept in a bag." He added, "When they took the bag out, they found a baby wrapped in a cloth. She was alive and crying."
Hitesh was amazed and the poor father even doubted if it was his daughter who had come back to life.
"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 the police to ensure that her life was saved."
The newborn was rushed to the hospital and the doctors attended to the child weighing only 2.4 to 2.5 lbs. Despite the poor conditions she was left in, the baby bounced back within weeks. The doctors, who treated her, called her a "fighter."
Doctor Saurabh Anjan stated, "Premature babies often need less oxygen supply to survive, she truly is a fighter."
He added, "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 dropping 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."
Meanwhile, the police opened an investigation to find the parents who abandoned their child. "We are trying to find the parents of the baby and we suspect that this must have happened with their consent," said the police chief.
Hitesh and Vaishali, on the other hand, said they were willing to adopt the baby at the time.
"They are willing to adopt her and will approach the child welfare committee once she is completely healed and fit enough to go home," said Vaishali's sister, according to the Daily Mail.
She added that the couple were still trying to cope with the death of their child. In December, 2019, the rescued baby was put up for adoption, according to the BBC.