Hole-in-wall baby dead on arrival

Kamogelo Seekoei

Kamogelo Seekoei

The last baby abandoned at Door of Hope, a home in Berea, Johannesburg, was dead.

Rossette Maloso, an employee, said the alarm from the hole in the wall where unwanted babies are placed went off the Wednesday before last. She fetched the baby and realised he was not breathing.

"I gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but he was already gone," she said.

The infant was still warm, covered with blood and his umbilical cord was wrapped with an elastic band.

Maloso said most of the children placed in the hole are newborn babies, but that was the first baby to arrive dead.