In the second case in recent weeks, a newborn baby survived being flushed down the toiler as people heard him crying and came to his rescue.
A newborn baby boy was discovered in sewer in north-east China. The baby, who has been named ‘Xiaoxiao,’ which means “teeny tiny,” had been flushed down the toiled by his mother. Fortunately he was rescued in such a fast time that he did not require medical care after officials brought him to a local hospital.
Police are now looking for the boys mother.
‘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 squad leader Li Zhi said. “But we didn’t want to smash the pipe because we thought that might also hurt or even kill the baby.”
The Daily Mail newspaper provides additional details:
Doctors say Xiaoxiao is perfectly healthy and they do not expect him to suffer any complications as a result of his rough start in life
Attending physician Li Zhiping said: ‘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 members of the fire department who have volunteered to be his temporary parents while an investigation begins to determine how he ended up the sewer.
Police say they have started a search for the mother of the child, and added that it was not the first time that an unwanted child had been abandoned in such a way.