That shabby little
unknown bundle of neglect and despair that was dropped off by the
police six weeks ago—later to be identified by his mother, who turns
up occasionally—is now a driving force on the infants' ward. Once he
was bathed a few times and his rashes were treated, he turned out to be
a 14-month-old boy named Vergil, still recovering from premature
birth—birth weight, 212 pounds. It became obvious he had never
received any real attention, and practically no solid food, and it was
never very clear who assumed responsibility for him in his family, if
anyone. Miraculously he survived, with almost no outside help.
Kerr JM. Vergil. JAMA. 1999;281(1):9. doi:10.1001/jama.281.1.9
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