Newborn found abandoned in Puno

With the umbilical cord still attached, a new born baby weighing 3.3kg (7lbs 4oz) was left abandoned near an orphanage in the mountain city of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The infant was wrapped in a sweatshirt, and would not have survived the freezing temperatures that Puno experiences each night.

Police operatives found the child and, giving her the name Hermelinda, took her to the local hospital’s neonatal ward. Her condition is described as stable.

Local people have come forward with an array of gifts for Hermelinda, including baby milk, clothes, and diapers.

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