By Dave Andrusko
Edinora Jimenez was picking oranges in a remote forest settlement in Columbia when she heard sounds of crying. “I thought it was a cat until I looked closer and saw that it was a baby girl,” she said. Jimenez, 59, alerted the police.
When Officer Luisa Fernanda Urrea, a new mother herself, arrived she found the baby with her umbilical cord still attached, according to Kate Ng of the Independent.
“The baby girl was starving and at risk of hypothermia, so Ms. Urrea wasted no time feeding her from her own breast while waiting for medical assistance,” Ng reported. “Ms. Urrea told local media: ‘I’m a new mother and I have milk, and I recognised the needs that this poor little creature had.’”
When paramedics arrived, they credited Urrea with saving the baby’s life. “But Urrea modestly insisted any woman’s maternal instincts would have immediately kicked in,” Central European News (CEN) reported.
“The girl had some lacerations and was suffering from hypothermia,” Police commandant Javier Martin told CEN. “However, she was treated quickly and is now in good health.”
The little girls is now being cared for by the Colombian Institute for Family Welfare. They are working on finding an adoptive family for her.