Baby rescued from pipe in China

Last updated 16:20 28/05/2013
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RESCUED: The baby was cut free of the pipe and is in hospital.

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Firefighters in eastern China have rescued an abandoned newborn baby boy lodged in a sewage pipe directly beneath a residential building's toilet commode.

The infant was discovered when residents heard the sound of a baby crying coming from the pipes, CCTV state television said.

Firefighters had to remove the pipe and take it to a nearby hospital, where doctors carefully cut around it to rescue the baby boy inside, the report said.

The boy, rescued Saturday, was today believed to be in a stable condition and the police were looking for his parents, state television added.

The building where he was rescued from is in the city of Jinhua, located in the wealthy coastal province of Zhejiang.

There are frequent reports in Chinese media of babies being abandoned, often shortly after birth - a problem attributed variously to young mothers unaware they were pregnant.

The problem was compounded by China's strict family planning rules which placed greater value on boys than girls.

This case has been widely discussed on China's Twitter-like service Sina Weibo due to the graphic nature of the footage, with calls for the parents to be severely punished.

''The parents who did this have hearts even filthier than that sewage pipe,'' wrote one user.

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- Reuters

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