A woman was out walking her dogs a few nights ago in Houston when one of the dogs started sniffing at a plastic bag that was lying in the street. When the woman got a little closer to what her dog was investigating, she realized that in that plastic bag was a tiny newborn baby -- a tiny newborn baby who must have been born just a short time ago. A tiny newborn baby who was ... okay.
The sweet baby girl was immediately transported to Texas Children's Hospital, where she was declared in "good condition". Jenn Jacome, a spokesperson for the hospital, told the New York Daily News that the baby's vital signs were stable and within regular limits. She also said that the little one was conscious, and that her chance of recovery was between good and excellent. According to Sergeant Gordon Trott of the Harris County Sheriff's Office: "The child could not have been out there very long," as she had a "normal body temperature." Trott also added: "If it had not been for the resident that came out to walk her dogs, that child may have laid there all night, possibly would've died."
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Instead of focusing on how unbelievably insane it is that someone did this to a newborn baby, let's try to focus on the good: This little angel is meant to be if anybody ever was. If this woman hadn't been out at the very moment she was out -- and with her dogs, who noticed the bag -- the baby may not have made it through the night. A perfect confluence of events. Fate, if you believe in that sort of thing.
I'm disgusted beyond words at the fact that a tiny infant was left to die all by itself, but for my sanity's sake, I'm choosing to concentrate on the good of this horrific story: That this little one is a fighter, and she's exactly where she's meant to be, despite incredibly rough odds.
What do you think of this?
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