Baby rescued from toilet in China released from hospital

Beijing, May 30 (EFE).- The baby boy who was rescued after being thrown into a toilet in eastern Zhejiang province was released from the hospital, the Chinese press said Thursday.

The newborn has been reunited with his relatives, according to media outlets who, however, did not specify whether the baby is now with his father or his grandparents.

The story began last Saturday, when a woman reported the presence of a newborn infant in the drainpipe of a toilet.

Later, she admitted being the child's mother.

The 22-year-old single woman admitted to police two days after the rescue that she had given birth to the child in secret in the toilet of an apartment building where she lives.

The father, she said, had refused to have anything to do with her pregnancy and she didn't have the money for an abortion, which are very widespread as a contraceptive method in China.

Consequently, she kept her pregnancy a secret from everyone.

As the woman was giving birth, once the baby emerged from her body he fell into the toilet, she said.

After unsuccessfully trying to get him out, and fearful that she would be discovered to be the mother, the woman told the building's landlord and he alerted the emergency services.

Seeing the danger of opening the pipe on the site, emergency personnel removed the pipe segment - which was just 10 cm (4 in.) in diameter - containing the baby to a nearby hospital, where after breaking the pipe bit by bit, they were able to free him alive about two hours later, though with some cuts on his face and limbs.

When doctors managed to rescue the infant, he was still connected to the placenta, a Zhejiang daily said.

The baby boy, weighing 2.3 kilos (5 pounds), was placed in an incubator, where he is in stable condition.

The mother, who has given up custody of the child, will not face charges in the incident, which police have decided to treat as an accident.

Meanwhile, offers to provide help to the newborn have been pouring in, while different human rights organizations are denouncing the lack of sexual education in China, where being a single mother carries a heavy social stigma.