Life's defining moments

These officers truly lived in the moments of empathy and spontaneous love.

There was a call to the police about an abandoned newborn in a remote forest settlement. The woman who found the baby said “I was collecting some oranges when I heard something crying. I thought it was a cat until I looked closer and saw that it was a baby girl!”

One lady police officer on duty rushed to the spot. The infant, who was found in some undergrowth, still had a part of her umbilical cord attached. She was starving and her body temperature-was falling – hypothermia.

The officer immediately swaddled her in a blanket and then she did the most natural thing, prompted by the mother in her. She opened her uniform buttons and gave her breast to the mouth of the almost dying infant. By feeding the newborn, she gave life back to her.

“I’m a new mother. I have milk and I recognised the need that this poor little one had. I think any woman would have given her nourishment under such circumstances,” she said. Breastfeeding a baby during its first few hours of life is critical, since it helps stabilise the baby’s breathing patterns and heart rate.

This heartwarming response of the officer speaks so much about her motherly instincts and a genuine urge to reach out to the helpless infant. She did not waste time in thinking about the usual protocol, but saved the infant first before investigating about the mother who would face punishment on charges of attempted homicide. This happened in Colombia.

Back home in India, in Varanasi, a police officer got a call that a child was found seriously injured requiring immediate medical attention. The catch was that the case was not from his area. But, the officer, realising the gravity of situation and the value of the golden moments in saving lives, rushed to the spot. However, one government hospital after the other could do nothing to help the bleeding child.

So, the officer carried her in his arms and ran to a private hospital. The question was raised, “Who will bear the heavy expense of the treatment at a private hospital.” Without wasting any time in further debates, the officer firmly declared, “I will bear it, I am her guardian!” He truly proved to be a god sent guardian to that little girl who was brutally raped and injured by a middle-aged man!

“You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you,” goes a saying. Yes, that newborn baby or the innocent child may never be able to repay the officers who saved their lives. But the officers  really lived in those moments of empathy, kindness and spontaneous love, reaffirming the faith in humanity.

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