China toilet fall baby leaves hospital
30 May 2013, 12:26
Beijing - A new-born boy was released from hospital five days after his
mother accidentally dropped him down a toilet pipe while giving birth to
him, state media said on Thursday.
The baby from Jinhua in the
eastern province of Zhejiang "left the hospital [on] Wednesday evening
in the care of his relatives", the official Xinhua news agency reported.
mother, grandparents and purported father will take care of him, it
cited local officials as saying, adding that the father plans to test
The case of the child, dubbed "Baby No 59" by nurses after the number of his incubator, has sparked worldwide interest.
China, there have been hundreds of thousands of comments on the
country's hugely popular weibos, services similar to Twitter, with users
astonished by the circumstances and expressing good wishes for him.
mother, aged 22 and unmarried, had kept her pregnancy a secret and gave
birth unexpectedly when she went to the lavatory on Saturday.
Trapped for two to three hours
boy fell into the squat toilet and became stuck in a 10cm tube, which
firefighters and doctors spent nearly an hour taking apart before they
could rescue him.
The 2.3kg baby was trapped for at least two to three hours, authorities and media reports said previously.
He suffered some cuts to his face and limbs and was put in an incubator at the Pujiang People's Hospital.
mother will not be prosecuted as she did not drop the boy on purpose, a
local police officer who declined to be named has told AFP. Police had
earlier said she had told her landlord about the baby, and was present
throughout the rescue.
The mother "tried to grab the newborn
before it fell into the toilet, but its body was too slippery", Xinhua
said, citing police records.