Chinese baby found in sewer pipe leaves hospital

Beijing, May 30 (IANS) A baby boy who was trapped in a sewer pipe after his mother gave birth while sitting on a toilet left the hospital Wednesday evening and is now in the care of his relatives, authorities in east China’s Zhejiang province said Thursday.

Police said the infant’s 22-year-old mother, as well as his grandparents and the man purported to be the child’s father, will take care of the child, reported Xinhua.

However, the man said he intends to verify whether the child is actually his or not.

The woman, who had kept her pregnancy secret, gave birth to the baby last Saturday in a toilet in her apartment in the city of Jinhua, police said.

The police said the woman told them that she rushed to the toilet after experiencing stomach pain and subsequently gave birth to the baby.

Police records indicate that the woman tried to grab the newborn before it fell into the toilet, but its body was too slippery and evaded her grasp.

She then alerted her landlord and asked for assistance.

Firefighters and doctors successfully rescued the infant from a U-shaped pipe it had become lodged in.

The child suffered some cuts to his face and limbs and was kept in an incubator at the Pujiang People’s Hospital.

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