Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Miracle, the baby is still alive despite being dumped inside a sewage pipe in China
Baby 59 is recuperating at a hospital in China.
Source the Guardian, UK newspaper. 29 May 2013
He has no name, just a number: Baby 59. But his face is now familiar to millions and wellwishers across China are anxiously monitoring the fate of the tiny newborn after firefighters freed him from a sewage pipe where he was trapped beneath a toilet.
Weighing just 5lbs, the boy was found wedged in the pipe beneath a shared bathroom in a residential building in Jinhua, in China's eastern province of Zhejiang. His placenta was still attached.
Early reports suggested residents heard his cries late on Saturday and raised the alarm – but updates suggested his unmarried mother had been the first to call for help, pretending she had merely come across him.
The extraordinary footage of his rescue showed firefighters sawing away an L-shaped section of the narrow pipe from the floor beneath the bathroom after attempts to pull him out failed. Medics at Pujiang People's hospital helped them to take it apart piece by piece with pliers and saws – a process that took almost an hour. It reportedly had a diameter of just 10cm.
State media said the baby, identified only by the number of his hospital incubator, had a low heart rate when he was admitted and had suffered cuts and bruising, but was now in stable condition.
Police initially said they were looking for his parents and treating the case as one of attempted murder. The Pujiang police bureau later said on its official microblog account that the boy's mother had been located and an investigation was under way. An officer reached by phone told Associated Press he had no information.
Agence France-Presse said a police officer told them that the mother had hidden her pregnancy and the baby fell into the toilet after she gave birth unexpectedly.
He said: "The woman was on the scene during the entire rescue process … and admitted [she was the mother] when we asked her." Police had not yet decided whether to file charges and that there was no information on the father.
The single woman, a tenant in the building, told police she could not afford an abortion and secretly delivered the child on Saturday afternoon, 25th May 2013 in the toilet, Associated Press reported.
She said the newborn slipped into the sewer pipe and she alerted her landlord after she could not pull the baby out, the state-run news site Zhejiang News said.
The mother told police she cleaned up in the toilet after the delivery. She had managed to hide her pregnancy by wearing loose clothes and tightly wrapping her abdomen, Zhejiang News said.
The landlady of the building earlier told Zhejiang News it was unlikely the birth had taken place in the room because there was no evidence of blood and she was not aware of any pregnancies among the residents.
The case has provoked horror across China, where footage of the two-hour rescue was broadcast widely. State media said strangers inundated the hospital with gifts of nappies, baby clothes and milk powder, as well as offers to adopt the little boy. But a doctor at the hospital said he would be handed to social services if his parents did not claim him.
Several cases of abandonment have been reported recently, including that of a baby dumped in rubbish earlier this month, who is thought to have died despite medical care.
Earlier this year, the Beijing Youth Daily said the hospital that treats abandoned babies found in the capital had received more than 10,000 in the past decade. Girls and disabled infants are more likely to be abandoned, due to the preference for boys in China.
God bless Baby 59 and thanks for reading.