Fortunately, none of her organs were damaged because of the stab wounds.
Trigger Warning: This story contains details of child abuse that readers may find disturbing.
A newborn baby, barely two-days old, was found abandoned in the north-eastern Argentine province of Misiones. According to Daily Mail, the baby was found wrapped in a plastic bag with stab wounds caused by a rusty knife that was protruding from her back. The baby miraculously survived after she underwent emergency treatment. The injured infant was first discovered by gym instructor Diego Sebastian Penayo, 31, who saw a baby wrapped in a pink and blue blanket inside a black plastic bag. Despite being stabbed with a knife, she was crying and her vitals were strong when Diego saw her.
Newborn baby is found abandoned with a rusty knife sticking out of her back in Argentina https://t.co/civJxXAJtE— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) September 9, 2020
He took the injured baby to the nearest police station, and she was later transferred to a hospital for emergency treatment. That's when doctors estimated that the baby was no older than two days. They also discovered that the girl had multiple stab wounds on her body. It has been reported that the baby's mother has been identified and arrested. Police reports, as cited by the news website Clarin and reported by The Sun, state that the unnamed woman "gave birth and left Hospital Dr. Ramon Madariaga Treble to go to a nearby street, where she abandoned the newborn girl."
David Halac, a spokesperson for Hospital Dr. Fernando Barreyro, said that the baby had a rusty knife made by the company Tramontina in her back along with several other injuries caused by the same blade. "'The baby is currently stable and we believe that she will survive," he added. Thankfully, the stab wounds did not harm any of her organs. Hospital workers had earlier decided to call the baby Esperanza, meaning 'hope', since she probably did not have a name. But later, as reported by the Daily Star, she was renamed Milagros, which means Miracle. It is unclear as to the charges the detained mother will face.
Halac later disclosed to the media that the doctors were being extra precautious with the little one and were treating her with strong antibiotics to stop any kind of infection. "It's a rare postoperative precaution, but normally babies a few days old haven't been injured with a rusty knife," he said and added that she's now able to breathe without any aid. As Milagros's story spread, several people came ahead to lend a helping hand to the little one that was abandoned. This included donations of essential baby items, blankets, and clothing.
Also, one of the organizers of the collection, María Inés, said, "We brought a little of everything we have been collecting. We are going to try to bring a little more every Friday. We’re very happy because this will also benefit other children." This is an example of "being at the right place, at the right time." If it wasn't for Diego passing by the area where the baby girl was crying, she probably wouldn't have been here today. Milagros is a fighter and a survivor and she will definitely live up to her name.
Got stabbed in the back first day of his life. Whoever did this deserve death— It Wasn’t me (in shaggy’s voice) (@if_only_1) September 9, 2020