The future of a newborn girl is uncertain as her mentally challenged mother left her at Patuakhali General Hospital.
Locals said the woman gave birth to the baby girl at Bhuria launch terminal under Sadar upazila on January 14.
After getting information from the local union parishad member Abdul Wahab Rari the same day, police from Patuakhali Police Station took the baby and her mother to the hospital. But the woman left the hospital without the baby on January 17 and has remained traceless since then.
Child specialist Dr Shiddhartha Shankar Das said the baby is well and they can discharge her, but they are anxious over her future.
Shefalee Begum, 35, of Bhaila village in Sadar upazila has been taking care of the baby and she wants to adopt her as she has no child.
“I have submitted a letter to the hospital authorities to allow me to adopt the baby,” she said.
Dr Hossain Ahmed, superintendent of the hospital, said they have informed the social welfare officer to take necessary steps over the matter.
Shila Rani Das, deputy director of the social welfare department, said they have a Chotomoni Nibas at Agoiljhara upazila of Barishal to take care of kids (up to 5 years of age), and they may keep the baby there.
“I have heard that a woman wants to adopt the baby, so she should take permission from the court,” she said.