A newborn was left in the thermal cradle of the church of San Giovanni Battista in the Poggiofranco district in Bari. Together with him a note: “Mom and Dad will love you forever”.
Luigi, left in the thermal cradle in Bari
Yesterday morning, July 19, a newborn was left in the thermal cradle installed in the church of San Giovanni Battista in the Poggiofranco district in Bari.
The baby is in good health. To find out, the parish priest, Don Antonio Ruccia. Beside the baby, in addition to the name, Luigi, there was also a note, probably left by the parents: “Mom and Dad will love you forever”. The child was taken from 118 to the Neonatology ward of the Policlinico di Bari.
“Mom and Dad will love you forever”
As reported by Rai News, the parish priest of the church of San Giovanni said: “It was wonderful”.
“When the phone rang at 8.15 this morning my heart hit my throat because I knew the meaning of that sound …”.
Beside child, a note left by the parents. “There was written the name to give him, Luigi, and the date of birth 10 July 2020. And it was said that his mother and father would love him forever”, he says.
“In collaboration with the Neonatology department of the Policlinico di Bari we thought about the thermal cradle years ago. The initiative was activated on June 24, 2014 and today it was used for the first time. Believe me, seeing that life in the cradle I it filled the heart with wonder and joy. It was indescribable. ” The little boy was wearing a blue and white striped onesie.
“When the phone rang at 8.15 this morning, my heart hit my throat”
Open heart letter to Luigi
I wrote this letter with my heart, because I draw you tight. I hug you, Luigi, and your parents. Only they know the pain and effort of making the decision not to be able to raise a child.
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“It is not an abandonment”
“I would not speak of abandonment, it was an act of love that of the parents who left their child in a place where they were sure that he would be welcomed and cared for”, Nicola Laforgia, head of Neonatology at the Policlinico di Bari. “The baby is very well – he continues – has been visited and we have not found any problems. It is useless to tell the emotion of the colleagues who were on duty, it is the first time that that cradle, installed a few years ago (in the church), is used and I want to see a sign of hope. The cradle was filled at a particular moment for all of us, for what we experienced during the acute phase of the pandemic. For various reasons I read in this story a sign of hope that reaches us . And I don’t like talking about abandonment – he continues – because the parents didn’t leave the little one in any place, they took him to a safe place, they gave this child a chance: it’s as if today it was reborn a second time. In my opinion it is an act of love, I don’t even want to imagine how painful and painful their choice was “.
The child’s case is followed up by the Juvenile Court and the custody procedure will open shortly. Until a foster family is chosen, the child will have a legal guardian among the staff of the Polyclinic ward.
How thermal cradles work, the old “wheels of the exposed”
It is possible to leave the baby safe, without anyone ever knowing who the mother is. Just bring it in special cots, a modern version of the medieval “Wheel of the Exposed”. They are often found near hospitals, parishes or convents.
As you can read on the website culleperlavita.it, which also has a map of the cradles in Italy, these counters are always open. There is a button. Just press it, wait for the opening, let go of the baby. Once you leave the room, it will close to secure the baby and the staff who supervise the crib will take care of him. using the procedure adopted for unrecognized infants.