A newborn baby was stabbed 14 times before being buried alive face-down in a shallow hole under a tree in the Wangyai district of Khon Kaen province in Thailand, in February last year.
The baby, named Aidin, was conscious when he was found in the shallow grave but in critical condition due to stab wounds to its chest and abdomen, some of which pierced its lungs, said Dr Charnchai Janworachaikul, director of Khon Kaen Hospital.
The baby boy had been allegedly dumped by his parents in an eight-inch grave in a field.
He was found by 53-year-old Mrs Kachit Krongyut, who was herding cattle in the field who heard the boy struggling to let out a cry.
Thinking it was an animal buried alive, Mrs Krongyut took a closer look and spotted a human leg. She then began frantically digging up the soil with her hands and discovered the heavily bleeding Aidin, who she rescued within an inch of his life. The baby’s body was covered with a plastic bag tied around his neck.
Mrs Krongyut, along with her husband, quickly sent Aidin to Waeng Yai Hospital which immediately transferred it to Khon Kaen Hospital. The baby was dependent upon a respirator and intravenous drugs after undergoing surgery, said Dr Charnchai Janworachaikul.
He also said it was the pressure from the soil against his body that prevented the baby from bleeding to death.
Fortunately, after 3 months of intensive medical treatment, little Aidin miraculously recovered from his gruesome wounds.
After being nursed back to health, Aidin was taken to Kaen Thong Orphanage where he is to be adopted by a couple from Sweden.
Mr Supachai Pathimchart from the Kaen Thong Orphanage where Aidin, now 7-months-old, was cared for said they were “very happy” for him.
He said: ‘All of the safety checks have been carried out to make sure Aidin goes to a good home.
‘We’re very happy that he will be going to a good home and have a comfortable life.
‘He survived a very bad experience but he has a lot of character and he’s happy with life.’
Mrs Krongyut and her husband Pornchai, who rescued the infant, also felt delighted that Aidin finally found himself a safe haven.
Doctors believe that Aidin may have been abused by his mother, a 42-year-old local woman.
Footprints and motorbike tracks left at the scene helped police officers track her down and arrest her, under attempted murder and child abandonment charges.