A Chinese newborn baby, heard crying from a public toilet in Zhejian province, was freed when rescuers sawed into a sewage pipe to free him.
Chinese firefighters have rescued a newborn boy from a sewer pipe below a squat toilet, sawing out an L-shaped section and then delicately dismantling it to free the cocooned baby, who greeted the rescuers with cries.
A tenant heard the baby's sounds in the public restroom of a residential building in Zhejiang province in eastern China on Saturday and notified authorities, according to the state-run news site Zhejiang News. A video of the two-hour rescue that followed was broadcast widely on Chinese news programs and websites late yesterday and today.
The child – named Baby No. 59 from the number of his hospital incubator – was reported safe in a nearby hospital, and news of the rescue prompted an outpouring from strangers who came to the hospital with diapers, baby clothes, powdered milk, and offers to adopt the child.
ABC News reported that the case resonated with the Chinese public particularly after another recent case of a newborn found in a dumpster in Hebei province. That baby did not survive. ABC cited social media these social media postings:
“This should be sentenced to death, they are killing their own baby. This is not the only abandoned baby case I saw in the past ten days, one threw in dumpster and died; the other one was fleshed into toilet, those are not actions human beings should do,” wrote Sina Weibo user @bhdrswxjs.