Newborn baby rescued ALIVE from toilet pipe after being flushed away by parents

The child is in a stable condition and the police are looking for his parents, Chinese state television reportedHarrowing: Firefighters work to free the unwanted baby from the pipe in Pujiang, Zhejiang Province, China

Firefighters in eastern China have rescued an abandoned newborn baby boy lodged in a sewage pipe. The infant was stuck in a pipe directly beneath a toilet commode, state television reported, in a case which has sparked anger on social media sites.

At a public toilet on the fourth floor firefighters were able to hear faint cries and, exploring further, spotted the baby’s foot deep inside the pipe

Unbelievably, the baby survived the ordeal, which saw him having to be cut out of a pipe

Firefighters received a call from a landlady of a block of flats saying that she thought a baby was trapped in a toilet pipe in the building as she had heard it crying

The problem is attributed variously to young mothers unaware they were pregnant, the birth of an unwanted girl in a society which puts greater value on boys or China’s strict family planning rules.

The harrowing discovery came after residents reported the sound of a baby crying, state television said late on Monday.

The pipe was just four inches wide in diameter the China Daily newspaper said. Firefighters had to remove the pipe and take it to a nearby hospital, where doctors carefully cut around it to rescue the baby boy inside, the report said.

The firefighters worked quickly to dismantle the pipe and rescue the trapped youngster, who was heard wailing  Firefighters gently carried away the section of pipe that contained the terrified baby

His arms had been pinned to his side, and when the confines of the pipe had been delicately prised away, he let out a long wail – much to the relief of doctors who were battling against the clock to rescue him. His eyes, face and body were covered in the filth of the pipe.

The child is in a stable condition and the police are looking for his parents, state television added.The Associated Press said the child had been named Baby No 59 from the number of his incubator, the Guardian reported.

A number of visitors have donated nappies, baby clothes and powdered milk to the hospital to help the little boy, the news agency added.

The case has been widely discussed on China’s Twitter-like service Sina Weibo due to the graphic nature of the footage, with calls for the parents to be severely punished.


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