A NEWBORN baby found abandoned in a mosque car park has sparked an emotional nationwide response.
The GDN, Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) and the country's only orphanage have been inundated with calls from people wishing to adopt the boy or donate money.
A passer-by came across the one-day-old baby wrapped in a pink blanket at around 3pm on Monday.
The GDN reported yesterday that National Rad-iator Industries job supervisor Masood Ahmed was parking his car at the Abd-ulla bin Darwish Fakhro Mosque, near Lulu Hyp-er-market, when he spotted the baby and called police.
An ambulance took the baby to SMC's accident and emergency unit before he was transferred to a general ward.
The Indian and his colleague Raju Varghese had been sent to the mosque to carry out maintenance work on its air-conditioners.
Sources earlier said the boy would be sent to a state orphanage, if he was found to be healthy.
Nurses said the baby, whose nationality is still to be determined, was well and feeding normally.
A nurse, who did not want to be named, revealed the hospital had received around 15 calls from well-wishers by 2pm.
She said the boy would have to undergo several tests before being transferred to the Bahrain Child Care Home, Gudaibiya.
The nurse also said that no one would be allowed to visit the baby unless they had prior permission from the Health Ministry.
"We don't allow anyone to see the baby," she said.
"The baby is fine. He will have to undergo some tests before being transferred to the Child Care Home within two to three days.
A Sri Lankan couple, married for 12 years and working in Bahrain for a decade, were the first to contact the GDN requesting information on how to adopt the baby.
However, the country's laws prevent them from giving the child a home since they are not Bahraini.
"We would like to adopt the baby as we don't have our own children," said the wife, who asked to remain anonymous.
She said after three miscarriages it was unlikely she would be able to have a child of her own and was desperate to adopt.
"I wanted to adopt a baby to give him all my love and care and most importantly a good life," she said.
"I don't think they would allow me to do so, although I am married and have been staying in Bahrain for the past several years, as I am not a Bahraini.
"They should allow expatriates to adopt babies, especially when they are being abandoned by their parents or mothers."
A VIP also called the GDN asking for information about the baby and offering financial support.
"We don't want to adopt this baby but support the baby in anyway we can," he said.
"We can pay for his health, education and all other expenses."
A Bahraini woman also offered to donate money to the baby.
A Child Care Home spokeswoman said officials had received several phone calls from couples wishing to adopt the child.
"We received several calls from Bahraini and non-Bahraini couples, who asked about the baby and wanted to adopt him," she said.
"But we have some procedures and according to the rules and regulations only Bahraini couples can adopt.
"We have a long list of couples, who have completed all the legal formalities, waiting to adopt a child,.
"As soon as the baby comes to our centre, we will go through all the papers and see who is the most deserving among all the candidates."