A newborn baby has miraculously survived being thrown from a bridge into a river inside a bookbag.
Witnesses told Military Police they saw a man throw a rucksack into the Capibaribe River in Sao Lourenco da Mata, Brazil, on the morning of November 17.
Two fishermen under the bridge saved the infant after seeing the bag crash into the river and hearing the baby’s cries.
One of the fishermen, Pedro, said his companion ‘grabbed the rod, picked up the bag and handed it to me.
‘When I opened it, it was a child.
The two men immediately called Military Police, who took the baby to a nearby maternity hospital.
The infant had reportedly been born only hours earlier, and the umbilical cord cut ‘unprofessionally’.
Health officials said the girl’s condition is stable and she remains under observation at hospital.
Abortion is illegal in Brazil, with penalties of one to three years imprisonment, with some exemptions.
While legislation has come in to make the process of giving children up for adoption easier, there remain barriers for new parents.
At the time of writing, the biker remains at large.