Newborn baby rescued from toilet pipe in China
Beijing: A newborn baby boy was rescued from a sewage pipe in a Chinese apartment building after being flushed down a toilet, state media said.
Attempts to pull him out failed, so rescuers sawed away a section of the 10-centimetre diameter pipe with the baby inside and took him to a local hospital.
The 2.3-kilogram 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 were still looking for his parents, it said. Chinese families traditionally have a preference for sons, but babies born out of wedlock are sometimes abandoned because of social and financial pressures. The country’s one-child policy can also mean heavy fines for couples who have more than one baby.