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She was subsequently airlifted to Albert Luthuli Central Hospital to be treated and then taken to another unnamed facility.

"I think any child who survives any amount of hours - and it sounds like it was at least four to five hours - in a stormwater pipe on days two or three after birth is a miracle".

A newborn baby has been pulled out of a storm drain after a dramatic three-hour rescue operation. Rescuers were able to make their way down the drain pipes and locate the baby.

Bernadette Wicks, a reporter for a local news outlet, said that people had provided doors from their kitchen cupboards to help workers hold back earth as they attempted to remove the baby from the pipe.

Rescue Care said the circumstances leading to the baby ending up in the drain were still unknown.Police were investigating the matter, South African media reported.

Emergency services dug into the pipe, cut it open, and managed to get the little one out.

He added:' It is great news she has been rescued and she is now in a stable condition so a great ending for all the rescuers and personnel and paramedics who did this.

It is not known how the baby got there, or who the mother is.