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Newborn baby left outside Yakima Fire Department

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The Yakima Fire Department said Christmas Eve Morning around 6 a.m. they found a newborn baby was left outside station 92. The Yakima Fire Department said Christmas Eve Morning around 6 a.m. they found a newborn baby was left outside station 92.
The firefighter who found the baby Thursday morning The firefighter who found the baby Thursday morning
YAKIMA, Wash. -

The Yakima Fire Department said Christmas Eve Morning around 6 a.m. they found a newborn baby was left outside Station 92.

Firefighter Albrecht said she began her early morning workout and heard what appeared to be crying coming from outside the station. Her thought, "that is a strange time and place to change a diaper." Albrecht went to the west side door, which is never used, and found a cardboard apple box with a baby girl wrapped in towels and crying coming from the box.

Albrecht found no one around, brought the baby inside and activated an alarm to get an ambulance and YPD there to get the baby to the hospital.

Fire crews said it appears the baby had been left outside for at least an hour and was cold. Her umbilical cord was clamped with a bobby pin. The crew went into action, checked the baby's vitals, cleaned her up and began warming her in dry warm towels until the ambulance arrived. 

The baby was transported to a local hospital and is in good condition but the doctors said, if the baby would have been outside for another 30 minutes, she would have not survived.

"Our concern now is not only newborns health and safety, there is also the health of the parent. When delivering a child there are potential risks that pose a extreme risk for bleeding (placenta delivery, blood loss) and death of the parent without proper medical treatment," Chief Pfaff said. "The more information we know about the newborn, the better chance for survival."

The fire stations are a safe haven to take unwanted infants and remind people that if you wish to surrender a child, you have to alert the crews, hand the baby to the crew, and exchange information about the baby.

The Fire Department says they will continue to share information about this baby girl as it becomes available.

This article was written by our sister station, KNDU. 

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