29 May 2013

Baby rescued from sewage pipe

8:32 pm on 29 May 2013

A new-born baby has been rescued from a sewage pipe after being flushed down a toilet in a Chinese apartment building.

Residents of Jinhua, in eastern China, alerted firefighters after hearing the infant crying in the fourth-floor lavatory, a report on offical Chinese media said.

Attempts to pull him out failed, so rescuers sawed away a section of the 10cm diameter pipe with the baby inside and took him to a local hospital.

Firefighters and doctors spent nearly an hour taking the tube apart piece by piece with pliers and saws and finally recovered the newborn, whose placenta was still attached, the report said.

From the time he was found to when he was taken out, the baby was stuck in the tube for at least two hours, it added.

The 2.3kg boy suffered some cuts to his face and limbs and his heart rate was low at one point. He was put in an incubator and was in stable condition, the report said.

Police are looking for his parents.

Chinese families traditionally have a preference for sons, but babies born out of wedlock are sometimes abandoned because of social and financial pressures, AFP reports. The country's one-child policy can also mean heavy fines for couples who have more than one baby.