A newborn baby, who was saved from the sewage pipe of an apartment in China, is reportedly doing fine and is in good condition.
The baby was reportedly flushed down by his 22-year-old mother, who secretly delivered him in the toilet on Saturday afternoon. The baby was stuck in the pipe below the toilet commode, according to local media reports.
The baby's mother, who raised an alarm about the child being trapped in the tube, will not be prosecuted, AFP quoted a local police official as saying.
"Our investigations showed it was an accident," said the officer.
The mother, a tenant in the building, revealed during the investigation that she could not afford an abortion and delivered the child secretly on Saturday afternoon. She claimed that she tried to pull the baby out and alerted the landlord when she was not able to do so.
The baby, who is just 2.3 kilogramme, was stuck in the pipe for two to three hours and was rescued by firefighters and doctors after they heard his cries coming from the fourth-floor toilet of the apartment.
The firefighters initially tried to pull him from the pipe, but were not successful. Later, they rescued him by sawing through a section of the pipe. He was immediately taken to Pujiang People's Hospital where he was safely removed him from the pipe.
The baby suffered injuries on his face, hand and legs. The infant's heart rate had dropped dangerously low at one point in time, but now his condition is reportedly stable.
According to China Daily, the tube or pipe was just 10cm in diametre.
Nurses at the hospital named him "Baby No 59" because of the incubator number where he was placed.
Wu Xinhong, the head of the hospital, told AFP that "Baby No 59" was healthy and ready to go home.
"His condition is good but his relatives have not come to pick him up yet," he said.