Newborn dumped in Chicago rubbish bin with umbilical cord still attached found alive

A newborn baby with an intact umbilical cord has survived - just - after being found by horrified passersby in Chicago, Illinois.

The infant, who according to paramedics was only one or two hours-old, was placed in a canvas bag and left on top of a bin, reports ABC News.

The baby boy's screaming alerted two women passing through the area, who quickly rushed the newborn to a nearby fire station for help.

By the time the women reached the station, fire officials said the child wasn't breathing. He was also cold and unresponsive with no pulse, ABC News reports. 

After trying to warm him up with heating pads and blankets, the boy was taken to hospital in an ambulance. Firefighters performed CPR on the newborn, until he began to regain his colour.

He was eventually stabilised in hospital.

Paramedic field chief Patrick Fitzmaurice told ABC News anyone who finds themselves incapable of looking after their child should bring the child somewhere safe.

"Come to us," he said. "We don't judge. Take him to a firehouse. Leave the baby there. Give the kid a chance."

Illinois allows anyone to surrender a child under 30 days old to a hospital, police or fire station with no questions asked, under its Safe Haven law.