A newborn baby has lived through being flushed down a toilet by his mother soon after she gave birth in northwest China
A passerby heard the newborn’s cries from a sewer in Suide County, in Shaanxi Province, and called emergency services who found him in a pool of dirty water.
The boy, nicknamed Xiaoxiao, meaning ‘teeny tiny’, survived the trial with just a few injuries, and is now recovering in hospital while police attempt to find his mom.
“It was really a race against time because somebody could have flushed something down the sewer again at any stage, or the baby might have turned over and ended up face first in the filthy water and drowned,” Suide County fire department team leader Li Zhi stated.
“But we didn’t want to smash the pipe because we thought that might also hurt or even kill the baby. So we had to use a mixture of tools in order to ease him towards the opening and then pull him out. He still had the umbilical cord attached and it had obviously been clumsily cut.”
The newborn was hurried to a close hospital, where he was bathed and fed, but otherwise did not need additional medical care.
Doctors say Xiaoxiao is absolutely healthy and they do not expect him to suffer any difficulties as a result of his tough start in life
Attending physician Li Zhiping added: “The child survived the ordeal surprisingly unscathed. I can’t think of any similar case where a child survived being effectively flushed down the toilet.”
Xiaoxiao is being taken care of by people from the fire department who have volunteered to be his substitute parents while a search begins to determine how he ended up the sewer.
Police say they have begun a search for the mother of the child and continued saying that it was not the first time that an unwanted child had been left in such a way.
They have started an appeal for help in tracing down the mother, who may be in need of medical attention after the birth. However, if the mother is found, she will face potential child abuse and neglect charges.
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