The Baby Left To Die In Changi Airport

March 27, 2009 at 00:10 3 comments

During a 7-11 blitz yesterday, I saw a tabloid front-page article about an infant who’d been abandoned at Changi Airport in a trash bag. Good grief! The poor thing was pronounced dead at Changi General Hospital.

The airport staff went into quite a frenzy. I’m not sure why, but a postulation was made about the mother having given birth at one gate and dumping the baby at another. Perhaps the child was still bloody. Or maybe there was a placenta. I didn’t buy the paper (refused to), so i don’t know the details.

As the baby was “fair-skinned”, the staff tried hunting for a “pale-looking woman”, but to no avail.

When I think about it, I suppose that it is not implausible for a woman to deliver a child in an airport. If she’d done it in a bathroom cubicle, probably no one would have thought twice about hearing the baby’s cries, or subsequent noises of things being stuffed into a plastic bag. Then it is quite common for travellers to lug big bags. Above all, people are, in general, terribly unobservant. These days, it is practically the norm to avoid eye contact.

Beneath the horror and disapproval, I must admit to feeling sorry for the mother. What a terrible experience to have gone through, alone among strangers and probably in a foreign country. Where was the love and joy that other mothers experience when their babies come? And to feel that her best option was to leave the baby to die, perhaps starving, shivering, bleeding and suffocated. I cannot imagine that she made these decisions easily. She must have been frightened and in pain.

I wonder where she is now. Somehow I hope she caught her plane and is somewhere far away.

Update: Yup, just found an online Straits Times article describing the baby being found at Terminal 1’s Gate 49, “bloodied” and with “the umbilical cord still attached”. Also, “it is believed that drops of blood were found in a toilet near Gate 40, where a woman is said to have given birth”.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. The Manx’s Front Door « Home of the Manx  |  April 6, 2009 at 13:50

    […] An infant left to die in a bin at the local airport […]

  • 2. Janene  |  April 17, 2009 at 00:41

    this story is a bit…..mind blowing

    • 3. Katie  |  April 17, 2009 at 21:40

      Yar… the local tabloids had a field day. In my (possibly warped) point of view, I still feel for the mum, as well as the baby.


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