Within a few hours, two cases of newborns abandoned in dumps were reported nationwide on Wednesday. The first to be known occurred in Guayaquil, on the Narcisa de Jesús highway, where a recycler found a newborn wrapped in a light blue quilt.
Minutes later it was determined that the newborn no longer had vital signs, despite attempts by a local nurse to revive her.
The other discovery occurred that same day in Quito. The incident occurred in a health home located in Cotocollao, in the north of the capital.
A worker from the Hospital del Día de Cotocollao reported, at the end of the afternoon of Wednesday 28, that she found a yellow cover that was sticking out in the garbage can of one of the bathrooms in the Pediatric Area, and that when she opened it she found a baby.
The woman alerted the hospital authorities; the doctors evaluated her, confirmed that she had no vital signs and called ECU911.
The Dinapen is also investigating this case and looking for the parent.
“It is reported that all the protocols for the correct handling of the situation have been executed and that it has been reported immediately to the competent authority,” the institution, belonging to the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security (IESS), said in a statement. .
The medical and administrative management of this health home collaborated with the legal procedure initiated by the National Police, with the aim of clarifying the fact.
In addition, they stressed that this medical unit does not record a history of childbirth because it is considered as a health center of second level of complexity.
Article 153 of the Organic Comprehensive Criminal Code (COIP) punishes with prison from 1 to 3 years whoever abandons a minor; and, in the event that he dies, a sentence of 16 to 19 years is determined, according to the aggravating factors. (YO)