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A child left in a plastic bag and burned with a cigarette in the Lisbon area – Community

A child left in a plastic bag and burned with a cigarette in the Lisbon area – Community

The son of a drug addict father and a prostitute mother was left behind in the home of a neighboring couple.

Rita F. Batista 01:30

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The child was flagged by the Child and Youth Support Center and monitored at Santa Maria Hospital.


His parents left a five-month-old baby to a neighboring couple, in the Lisbon area, wrapped in a plastic bag, to replace a diaper. He had a spot under his left eye, a cigarette burn that nearly blinded him.

He is the son of a drug addict father and a mother who skipped home to become a prostitute. The child was monitored at Santa Maria Hospital in Lisbon, and was identified by specialists from the Center for Support for Children and Youth. It is one of many cases of children identified as being at risk. Today he lives with his new parents.

Last year alone, Santa Maria Hospital reported 258 cases of at-risk children and youth. Referral is made through multidisciplinary teams from 266 centers in health units.

The couple who received the child wrapped in the plastic bag took custody of him after legal intervention by the Child Support Institute. “It gives me great pleasure to be able to help these kids,” he explains. poison Ana Perdigao, lawyer at the Institute and at the IPO Pediatrics Core in Lisbon.

Hey Morning mail He is also aware of another case of a minor who was adopted and left in a woman's home. The person who adopted her never visited her, contacted her again, or showed interest in her. The minor was identified by the hospital (not disclosed for security reasons) and custody was handed over to the woman who received her.

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Children are in danger
The teams that are part of the Child and Youth Support Centers belong not only to hospitals, but also to health centres. Any clinical specialist can report the child for the team to analyze the case.

Social support
Hospital Support Centers for Children and Young People have been established with the aim of providing hospital teams with capabilities beyond clinical capabilities. The goal is to allow problems to be solved in a social context.

His parents left a five-month-old baby to a neighboring couple, in the Lisbon area, wrapped in a plastic bag, to replace a diaper. He had a spot under his left eye, a cigarette burn that nearly blinded him.

He is the son of a drug addict father and a mother who skipped home to become a prostitute. The child was monitored at Santa Maria Hospital in Lisbon, and was identified by specialists from the Center for Support for Children and Youth.