It was a cold evening in rural Santa Marta, Colombia. Edinora Jimenez, 59, was picking oranges in a remote forest settlement when she heard sounds of crying. At first she thought it was cat, but later it was a newborn baby girl who still had an attached umbilical cord.
Police officers were called to the scene, where, upon being handed the rescued newborn baby girl, officer Luisa Fernanda Urrea nursed the newborn while waiting for paramedics to arrive.
“I’m a new mother and I have milk and I recognised the needs that this poor little creature had.,” Urrea told news station Noticias Caracol.
“I think any woman would have given her nourishment in the same circumstances,” added Urrea, who is a new mother herself.
Without the officer’s maternal support, medics say the hours-old baby might have succumbed to starvation and hypothermia, according to the Daily Mail.
The newborn girl was then taken to a local hospital where it was treated for lacerations and hypothermia, according to BuzzFeed.
The baby girl is now said to be in good health. Reports say she is now in the custody of the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare until an adoptive home is found. The institute is also in search for who is responsible for abandoning the child. Should the perpetrator be found, they shall be faced with criminal charges.
“We could be dealing with a case of attempted homicide, although it’s the prosecutor who will decide the charge,” orphanage director Jhon Arley Murillo told reporters.
Meanwhile, Urrera’s heroine act that goes beyond being an officer of the law was met with some praises on social media and beyomd, with one Facebook user commenting: “With all the chaos going on in the world its (sic) simply beautiful to watch such selfless act from a Mother to a child in need.”
“It’s the most natural thing to do, and it’s so wonderful to see this lactating mom sharing her precious milk with this darling child. She is a true hero in many aspects,” praised another Facebook user.
The newborn girl may be one of the 10.2 million orphaned children in Latin America or 5 percent of all children in the region, according to data from UNICEF, but somewhere out there is a heart that will eventually give the girl a permanent home one day.
[Featured image is screenshot of Noticias Caracol’s video]