Being nursed back to health: The abandoned baby boy is pictured being fed in hospital after firefighters rescued him from a sewage pipe after he was apparently flushed down a toilet in Jinhua, Zhejiang Province
An abandoned newborn baby boy found trapped inside a sewage pipe after being flushed down the toilet was today being nursed back to health in hospital.
The infant was heard crying in a section of the pipe directly beneath a toilet commode, the country?s state television reported earlier today.
Firefighters had to remove the pipe and take it to a nearby hospital where doctors carefully used saws to rescue the baby boy.
The infant- named Baby No. 59 from the number of his hospital incubator ? was in a critical condition when he arrived at the hospital with an apparent fracture to his skull.
But the baby boy has been pictured being nursed back to health in hospital as staff reveal his condition is now stable.
Nurse Zhang Songhe of the pediatric department of the Pujiang County People?s Hospital in the city of Jinhua, Zhejiang province, East China, told the Daily Mail: ?When the baby arrived here, he was in critical condition.
?We suspect he has a fracture in the top right section of his skull. But now everything has been stabilized.?
The nurse added that the mother of the baby has been found and is currently with her child in hospital.
They said: ?The mother has been found. She is right now in the hospital. I heard she is a 22 year-old single woman. I don?t know the reason she abandoned the baby.
Nurse Zhang Songhe added that news of the rescue prompted an outpouring from strangers who came to the hospital with diapers, baby clothes, powdered milk and offers to adopt the child.
The nurse continued: ?There have been three or four groups of visitors delivering baby formula some of whom have expressed willingness to adopt.
?We?re going to take care of the baby. We are not sure when the baby can be discharged.?
The baby weighs 2.8 kilograms (6.2 pounds) and still had his placenta attached to his body when he was rescued, reports said.
The disturbing case has sparked anger in China and around the world after harrowing TV footage of the baby?s two-hour-long rescue was uploaded onto the internet.
Residents living in a residential building in Jinhua in the wealthy coastal province of Zhejiang reported the sound of a baby crying in the public restroom on Saturday.