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Rescuers try to reach a trapped infant inside a piece of sewage pipe. Photo: Reuters

Rescuers try to reach a trapped infant inside a piece of sewage pipe. Photo: Reuters

Firefighters and doctors rescue an abandoned newborn baby boy by cutting away a sewage pipe piece by piece. Photo: Reuters

Firefighters and doctors rescue an abandoned newborn baby boy by cutting away a sewage pipe piece by piece. Photo: Reuters

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Rescuers try to reach a trapped infant inside a piece of sewage pipe. Photo: Reuters

Chinese firefighters have rescued a newborn baby boy from a sewer pipe below a toilet after a member of the public heard its cries.

Rescuers in the eastern Zhejiang province delicately dismantled the piping to free the baby.

A tenant heard an infant crying in the toilet of a residential building on Saturday and notified authorities.

 

Footage

Video footage of the two-hour rescue that followed has been broadcast widely on Chinese news programmes and websites.

The child – named Baby Number 59 after the number of his incubator – was reported to be safe in a nearby hospital.

News of the rescue prompted an outpouring of goodwill from strangers, who came to the hospital with nappies, baby clothes, powdered milk and offers to adopt the child.

Police are treating the case as an attempted homicide, and are looking for the mother and anyone else involved in the incident.

The landlord of the building, in Pujiang county, said it was unlikely the birth took place in the toilet because there was no evidence of blood and she was not aware of any recent pregnancies among her tenants.

The baby was stuck in a joint of the pipe, which had a diameter of about three inches.

A doctor at the hospital said the boy would be handed over to social services if his parents do not show up to claim him.

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