An appeal to trace a teenage mother who abandoned her newborn baby boy at a hospital has been launched by police.
Baby Quy, pronounced Kwee and meaning “precious” in Vietnamese, was born at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow, north-west London, on Saturday, January 15.
His mother, 17-year-old Van Thi Dam, left the hospital’s maternity ward at 10.30am the next day without him and has not returned.
Quy is now in the care of a foster family and is in good health but police are keen to trace his mother.
The Metropolitan Police released a picture of Van Thi Dam to try to reunite her with her baby.
The teenager, who is Vietnamese and is believed to be from the Stanmore or Harrow area, is 5ft 3in and has straight shoulder-length dark brown hair. She was last seen wearing shiny black leggings, a dusky pink top and a tan leather jacket. She speaks English with a Vietnamese accent.
Pc Margaret Johnson, from the Missing Persons Unit at Harrow, said: “This is a heartbreaking case and we hope that Quy’s mother comes forward to be reunited with her baby.
“Whilst Quy is receiving the best possible care, we are concerned that Van Thi Dam may require medical attention and support. We urge anyone who has seen her or been in contact with her to contact police. Little Quy has won the hearts of the officers and staff at Harrow and countless donations of baby clothes, toys and furniture have poured in from them.
“Today we will be handing over these gifts to him at his foster home. We all want the best possible start in life for Quy, and to ensure that Van Thi Dam gets all the medical and emotional support she needs.”
Anyone who can help can call the Missing Persons Unit at Harrow on 020 8733 4335 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) or 0300 123 1212 (24hrs) quoting reference MIS 001876; or Missing People on 0500 700 700.