We reported yesterday morning on the miracle baby in Pujiang, Zhejiang province who survived being flushed down a squat toilet. The latest report is — while not necessarily more shocking — just as incredible.
Turn your attention to the above newscast, which says authorities have identified the child’s mother — in fact, had basically known who she was all this time, since she was the one who alerted her landlord to the infant in the toilet in the first place.
The story goes that the woman, 22 years old this year, met a young man at the end of last year and got pregnant. The man, however, wouldn’t recognize the child as his, so she planned to secretly give birth.
On the afternoon of May 25, the woman felt stomach convulsions. She squatted over a toilet, and not long afterwards, a 2.3-kilogram human being came out.
The baby then slipped into the hole. The young mother reached in and tried to grab her newborn, but the more she reached, the farther from her grasp the child slipped. Failing to extract the baby with even the plunger, the woman panicked.
She flushed away the blood. And then she went to her landlord to report that a child was in the sewage pipes.
The baby, as you already know, was successfully rescued, and will survive. The mother — rather heartbreakingly, if you ask us — has decided she is unable to raise him, so his immediate future still hangs in the balance.
AFP adds that police will not be prosecuting the mother — who is in “serious condition due to complications from the delivery” — and have deemed this incident an accident. The child “suffered some cuts to his face and limbs and was put in an incubator at the Pujiang People’s Hospital, [authorities and media reports] said, where nurses dubbed him ‘Baby No 59′ after the machine’s number.”
The head of the hospital, Wu Xinhong, said the infant was healthy and ready to be released.
“His condition is good but his relatives have not come to pick him up yet,” he told AFP.
Police have said the mother was in serious condition due to complications from the delivery, while authorities were still looking for the baby’s father.
We don’t know if Baby No. 59 will ever learn, one day, how he came into this world. But we wish him the best, because from here, it can only get better… right?
UPDATE, 5/30, 1:16 pm: Baby 59 has been released to the hospital, but we’re not sure to whose custody.