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    There are pics and video at The Age website but I'm crap at embedding on an iPad.

    MAY 28, 2013 - 5:22 PM ARTICLE 1 OF 12
    Crying abandoned newborn rescued from sewer pipe

    Amazing discovery: The newborn baby boy was rescued from a sewage pipe after being flushed down a toilet.

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

    China's state television CCTV reported that the infant was found in the sewer pipe in a building in Jinhua city, Zhejiang Province about 5pm on Saturday afternoon after residents reported the sound of a baby crying.

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

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

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

    This particular 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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    There's a video but I can't get it to embed either:

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    DateMay 29, 2013 - 8:26AM
    Baby rescued from pipe in China

    RAW VISION: Firefighters in eastern China rescue an abandoned newborn baby boy lodged in a sewer pipe.

    The newborn baby who was rescued by Chinese firefighters from a sewer pipe below a squat toilet suffered "severe bruising" but is in a "stable condition" in hospital.
    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 on Monday and Tuesday.
    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 nappies, baby clothes, powdered milk and offers to adopt the child.
    The newborn baby boy was rescued from a sewage pipe in a Chinese apartment building. Photo: AFP

    He is now healthy enough to leave the hospital, which has been paying his medical bills and accepting donations of clothes, baby formula and other gifts.

    It was not immediately clear how the baby ended up in the pipe, but one police source in Jinhua claimed that the woman gave birth unexpectedly when she went to the lavatory on Saturday. She then reportedly phoned the landlord, claiming that she heard ‘‘weird noises’’ in the pipe.
    ‘‘The woman was on the scene during the entire rescue process... and admitted [she was the mother] when we asked her,’’ the source told Sky News. ‘‘We need further investigations to find out if she had any malicious intentions.’’
    Amazing discovery: the baby was found in this pipe. Photo: AFP

    She is said to be in a serious condition because of complications caused by the delivery.
    The baby was stuck in the L-joint of pipe with a diameter of about three inches.
    The video shows rescuers sawing out a section of the pipe along a ceiling that apparently was just below the restroom. The rescuers then rushed that section of pipe to a hospital, were firefighters and medics alternately used pliers and saws to rip apart the L-joint and free the baby.
    Despites the offers to adopt Baby No. 59, a doctor at the hospital said the boy would be handed over to social services if his parents do not claim him, Zhejiang News said.
    Cases of abandoned babies are common in China, with young mothers and strict family planning rules often blamed. But Saturday’s case provoked a furious response on Chinese social media sites, with hundreds of thousands of protests posted this week.
    ‘‘The parents who did this have hearts even filthier than that sewerage pipe,’’ wrote one user of the Twitter-like Weibo.
    Another wrote: ‘‘I can never accept or forgive the behaviour of dumping the baby with his placenta and umbilical cord attached into the toilet pipe.
    ‘‘Can these people be called human beings? The animal to human ratio among the grown-ups is rising inexorably.’’

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    ‘‘The parents who did this have hearts even filthier than that sewerage pipe,’’ wrote one user of the Twitter-like Weibo.
    Couldn't have said it better myself.
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    Thank goodness the baby is alright.
    Last edited by MentalNotes; May 28th, 2013 at 10:13 PM.

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    How did he not suffocate with his face smashed in the pipe like that?
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    This kind of shit rips my heart up. I thought boys were valued more than girls there. But so glad poor baby is okay.

    Now, flush the parents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockchick View Post
    Now, flush the parents.
    My sentiments exactly!
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    I remember years ago (12 years or so), reading an article in Marie Claire, about China's discarded babies. Some woman, threw her newborn baby girl in a dumpster, and it took HOURS for someone to take her out of it. There were pics of all the people noticing her, and just moving right along, and people were throwing their trash on top of her. It was heartbreaking, and really bizarre.

    I'm starting to think this baby was number two or three. Don't they have to pay some crazy fee, if they go over #1?

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