This Milwaukee bus driver turned out to be a guardian angel for this baby girl who was lost on a freeway.
The world needs good people now more than ever and not just to save the planet from global warming and save the various endangered species of plants and animals but also to save humanity. One such person who is here to save humanity is bus driver Irene Ivic from Milwaukee. Earlier this week, while she was en route she happened to come across a little baby girl out alone in the cold.
Unlike most people who would wait and wonder what to do, her quick thinking helped save the child. She was seen on a security video taking the girl and providing her warmth and shelter. The girl was found by Irene on the freeway overpass last month. Irene happens to be a bus driver for the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS). Such acts of humanity are very rare to come across.
HEART STOPPING! A barefoot baby girl is seen running on a freeway overpass... and picked up by an eagle-eyed bus driver. The child, less than a year old, was wearing only a onesie & diaper. She’s safe and unharmed.... #miracle !!!! https://t.co/4VHseujaWG— Kirstin Cole (@kirstincoletv) January 11, 2019
In an interview with abc7chicago.com, Irene said that she had spotted the little girl who was less than a year old running alongside the overpass barefoot in nothing but a onesie and a diaper at 8 am. The incident took place on December 22, which happens to be right around Christmas and also during the winter season. The baby girl was freezing and crying on the side of the road. "Oh my God, I was so upset and I couldn’t believe that somebody can, left the child on the street," Ivic said.
She continued, "Baby was so scared and cried, and she didn’t know what to do, where to go." The incident was captured on the security video. In the footage, we can see that Irene spots the girl and immediately stops the bus to go and help her. She goes and picks up the little girl and returns to the bus quickly where she addresses the passengers saying, "I’m shaking" as she held the little girl. One of the passengers took off their jacket and wrapped it around the baby to keep her warm. She eventually fell asleep in Ivic's arms.
According to WISN, the authorities checked to see if there was any harm done to the baby and luckily found that the baby was alright. According to the reports by the police, the baby's mother had left her outside while suffering from a mental health issue. The baby was soon reunited with her father and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele praised Ivic during a commendation ceremony. He said, "That’s the sort of human impulse we should be celebrating and encouraging."
🤗"@ABC: DRAMATIC RESCUE: A #Milwaukee 🚌#bus 🙌driver pulls over & sprints across the street to rescue a #baby girl wandering alone on a freeway overpass.— Haida Princess (Lori) (@HaidaPrincess) January 11, 2019
The baby, the 9th lost or missing child to be found by bus drivers in... https://t.co/i84wblsrNP pic.twitter.com/VlN47PoUXO
The father of the baby, Hasan Ali Abdul Kasim, claims that his wife is a mental health patient. She intended to take her daughter to church but must have crossed the freeway and forgotten all about her. When the news broke out on the internet, there were multiple people giving the parents a hard time for being so careless but there were also those who understood that the wife was suffering from a mental condition and suggested that she receive immediate psychiatric attention. Mental wellness is very important and such situations cannot occur again. Thanks to Ivic, the baby girl is still alive.
No charges have been filed against the parents as a result of the incident. She has been advised to have assistance at all times so that she does not harm herself or her daughter. Ivic moved from Serbia to Milwaukee around 12 years ago and in an interview with WISN said that she was just doing her job. She said, "I have my children too and if I find myself in the same situation again, I will, of course, help again. Always."
It seems everyone on the bus either pitched in to help or were just plain patient to wait until the child was taken into safe hands. That was a beautiful story--thanks for posting.— Beth Boldman (@beboldman) January 10, 2019