We've heard lots of heartbreaking stories lately about babies being born into toilets and their remains flushed away like so much waste material. Here's a story from China with a similar start but an infinitely happier ending:
The harrowing discovery came after residents reported the sound of a baby crying, state television said late on Monday.The baby's cries were heard and responded to in the normal, human way. Take that, culture of death.
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.
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.
This little guy needs a name. What's the Chinese word for "Miracle"? Or "Victory"? I'd probably name him Michael.
The Daily Mail has more photos and a video.
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