A newborn baby boy found abandoned on a street was just hours away from dying from hypothermia.
A passer-by spotted the infant in the southern Madrid municipality of Aluche, wrapped in a blanket, yesterday, Monday 6th June.
Despite midday sun, emergency workers told local media that tot was suffering from hypothermia.
Images – obtained from the emergency services – show the newborn wrapped in a blanket and being taken to a hospital by ambulance for treatment.
The SAMUR (Servicio de Asistencia Municipal de Urgencia y Rescate) or Municipal Emergency and Rescue Assistance Service said in a statement: “SAMUR has examined and stabilised a newborn baby that had been abandoned on Padre Piquer avenue.”
Padre Piquer Avenue is located in the Aluche area of Madrid. The baby was reportedly found by an unnamed woman who was walking along the Avenue, the emergency services said.
The emergency services added: “This is a child who was already suffering from the first signs of hypothermia.
“He has been transferred in good condition to the University Hospital October 12.”
The emergency services added that a police investigation into the incident is ongoing.
It is currently unclear who abandoned the baby and why.
This is the second incident of its kind in as many weeks in Spain.
An abandoned newborn was found in the province of Alicante in the Spanish region of Valencia on 21st May.
A 39-year-old Swiss woman, gave birth in a house in ruins in a vacant lot next to an industrial estate and then dumped the newborn next to a footpath.
A lorry driver notified the police that he saw a woman with blood-stained legs walking in the area while holding a bundle wrapped in a blanket.
Officers arrived on the scene and found the newborn, still with the umbilical cord, showing signs of dehydration although otherwise apparently healthy.
The police tracked down the suspected mother who denied giving birth and refused to be checked by medics sent to the scene, according to reports.
The 30-year-old Swiss woman was placed under arrest and has been remanded in custody for abandoning a minor as the authorities continue to investigate the matter.
Meanwhile, the baby was placed in an ambulance and taken to a nearby hospital where staff carried out checks and named the healthy newborn Noa. It is unclear if the tot is a boy or girl as Noa is a common name for both sexes in Spain.
The case has been brought to the attention of officials of the Children’s Prosecutor’s Office who will decide what will happen to the newborn.
The child remains in the authorities’ care as the investigation continues.