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Babies' next-of-kin sought

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BUKIT MERTAJAM: The Welfare Department is looking for the next-of-kin of two male babies who were abandoned by their respective Indonesian mothers in July and last month.

The department's Seberang Perai Tengah officer Nor Lela Saad said the first baby, identified as Ahmad Firdaus was born prematurely at the Seberang Jaya Hospital on July 20.

His mother, Dewi Mastika, left the hospital a day after delivering the baby. Attempts to contact her have been futile.

"Her last address known address was Pangsapuri Limau Manis in Bukit Tengah," said Nor Lela.

The second baby boy, 3-month-old Haikal, was abandoned by his foster mother, identified only as Ani on Aug 4.

He was sent to the hospital by Ani after he was diagnosed with pneumonia and septic shock.

It is learnt that the baby, who was born at the Jelapang Health Clinic was given to Ani by her biological mother, Halimah, an Indonesian. Her last known address was at Lima Kongsi in Kampung Valdor, Sungai Bakap.

Nor Lela said the next-of-kin for both babies are urged to contact officer Wan Rohaiza Wan Ahmad at 04-538 2584 as soon as possible.

The babies have been sent to the Kepala Batas Children's Shelter Home.

Should their biological parents fail to claim them, they would be placed for adoption under Section 30(1)(e) of the Children Act 2001.

Three-month-old Haikal was abandoned by his foster mother.

Wan Rohaiza Wan Ahmad (left) carrying Ahmad Firdaus while Nor Lela Saad looks on. Pic by Siti Azila Alias


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