In a shocking incident, two newborns, just days old, have been found abandoned on the streets of Sharjah. The pair are being cared for at Al Qassimi Hospital, according to a report in '7Days'.
The baby girl was found wrapped in a blanket and placed in a box used for packing fruits at a building site in Al Zubair last Wednesday. And the little boy was found on Friday near a garbage bin outside a house in Al Azra, reported 'Al Ittihad' newspaper.
An eyewitness was quoted as saying that a baby boy was found wrapped in towels and placed in a plastic box at about 9.30 am on Friday. "It was very hot that morning and its a miracle the infant was not hurt."
Meanwhile, hospital sources said the babies were dehydrated when brought in but are now very stable, healthy and are "doing well".
An official at the hospital said this is not unusual as it has already received six such babies this year alone. Naeema Khamis Al Nakhee, Head, Social Service Department, of the hospital, said: "Six babies (four boys and two girls) have already been brought to the hospital so far in 2011."
"On an average the hospital gets about eight to nine babies every year." The babies are cared for by the hospital for about two weeks and then transferred to to a social care centre for possible adoption.
Babies are usually abandoned by unmarried expats who are afraid of being arrested if they give birth in a hospital, said police.