‘It’s a miracle’: Newborn girl survives two days after being abandoned in a field
The survival of a baby who was abandoned by her mother and left in a field for two days has been described as "a miracle" by the doctor attending the newborn girl.
"She had been left alone naked, and weighed less than a kilogram, in part because she was so severely dehydrated," said Doctor Barbara Chomik at the hospital in the northern Polish city of Elblag, according to a report from Central European News.
"It is a miracle that she survived under those conditions for so long. It is simply a miracle," Dr. Chomik said.
The report said that the child's mother, Jolanta Czarnecka, 30, of Ilawa in northeastern Poland, had concealed her pregnancy from friends and fellow workers, and had given birth in a field during a lunch break, then returned to work.
When blood was noticed on her clothing, the woman at first claimed she had accidentally given birth in the toilet and the baby had gone down the drain.
However, when investigation found no evidence supporting her claims, Czarnecka admitted to having given birth to the child in a nearby field and leaving her there.
When searchers found the child, two days after her birth, the little girl was dehydrated and covered with insects.
Czarnecka is facing charges of attempted murder for allegedly abandoning her child.
Czarnecka, who has entered a not guilty plea to the charges against her, could be sentenced to five years in prison if she is convicted.