Hunter Was is a high school senior who raised $10,000 this past June to create and install a Safe Haven Baby Box in Indiana. The boxes are safety devices that are provided under the State's law to offer mother in crisis a safe place to surrender their unwanted newborn. They are usually installed in an exterior wall of a designated fire station or a hospital.
The newborn baby girl was rescued at 1:30pm at the Seymour Fire Station 3. The Fire Chief Brad Lucas heard the alarm when the mother opened the safe box. The baby was rescued less than 60 seconds later and was transported to the hospital.
“The system worked perfectly, We had firefighters in the building, and the ambulance was on scene within minutes. The baby was transferred to the hospital and is doing great. We are proud to have this resource available for the residents of Seymour. We strive every day to ensure the safety of our residents, and this is just a way to ensure the safety of newborns.”
The Indiana's Safe Haven laws states that a newborn baby that is less than 30 days old can be surrendered to an emergency care facility, police station, fire station, or hospital, with no questions asked. The Safe Haven Baby Box organization also has a national hotline for women in crisis. To reach them, call 1-866-99BABY1.
What do you think of this initiative? We are just happy that the baby girl was found safe and healthy!