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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.
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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
Reunited: The baby boy's mother - believed to be a 22-year-old single woman - has been found and is said to be with her baby in hospital
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.'
Injured: A nurse said the baby boy - who weighs 6.2 pounds - suffered a fracture to his skull but is now in a stable condition
Staff at the Pujiang County People's Hospital in Jinhua, Zhejiang Province, said well-wishers have visited the hospital with diapers, baby clothes and powered milk for the child
Recovering: The baby boy has been nicknamed number 59 after the number of his incubator
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.
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Firefighters in eastern China have rescued an newborn baby boy who had been flushed down a sewage pipe. Residents in the building in Jinhua raised the alarm after hearing a child crying and rescue workers eventually found him directly beneath the toilet commode. They cut away a section of the pipe and then took it to the hospital with the baby still inside where medics were able to carefully remove him. The child is in a stable condition and police are looking for his parents. Though there are frequent reports of babies being abandoned in China, the case has sparked fury on social media websites.
Firefighters in eastern China have rescued an abandoned newborn baby boy lodged in a sewage pipe.
The infant was stuck in a pipe directly beneath a toilet commode, state television reported, in a case which has sparked anger on social media sites.
There are frequent reports in Chinese media of babies being abandoned, often shortly after birth.
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Harrowing: Firefighters work to free the unwanted baby from the pipe in Pujiang, Zhejiang Province, China
Fight for survival: The newborn baby was rescued by firefighters after being flushed down a toilet
At a public toilet on the fourth floor firefighters were able to hear faint cries and, exploring further, spotted the baby's foot deep inside the pipe
Unbelievably, the baby survived the ordeal, which saw him having to be cut out of a pipe
Firefighters received a call from a landlady of a block of flats saying that she thought a baby was trapped in a toilet pipe in the building as she had heard it crying
The problem is attributed variously to young mothers unaware they were pregnant, the birth of an unwanted girl in a society which puts greater value on boys or China's strict family planning rules.
In the latest case the infant was found in the sewage pipe in a residential building in Jinhua in the wealthy coastal province of Zhejiang on Saturday afternoon.
The harrowing discovery came after residents reported the sound of a baby crying, state television said late on Monday.
The pipe was just four inches wide in diameter the China Daily newspaper said.
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 firefighters worked quickly to dismantle the pipe and rescue the trapped youngster, who was heard wailing
Firefighters gently carried away the section of pipe that contained the terrified baby
There are many reports in Chinese media of babies being abandoned, often shortly after birth, making this incident a distressing but common occurrence
Doctors carefully cut around the sewage pipe to rescue the baby boy inside
His arms had been pinned to his side, and when the confines of the pipe had been delicately prised away, he let out a long wail - much to the relief of doctors who were battling against the clock to rescue him.
His eyes, face and body were covered in the filth of the pipe.
The child is in a stable condition and the police are looking for his parents, state television added.
The Associated Press said the child had been named Baby No 59 from the number of his incubator, the Guardian reported.
A number of visitors have donated nappies, baby clothes and powdered milk to the hospital to help the little boy, the news agency added.
The 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.
The child is in a stable condition and the police are looking for his parents, Chinese state television reported
Firefighters and doctors rescue an abandoned newborn baby boy by cutting away a sewage pipe piece by piece, in this still image taken from video, in Jinhua city, Zhejiang province May 25, 2013
People have angrily reacted to the news, demanding the parents be punished and denouncing their cruel act
The abandoned child has been named Baby No 59 from the number of his incubator, according to reports
Nurses treat the baby, who was believed to be only a few days old when he was flushed away