Consider this humanity at its worst…and its best. A two-day-old baby was cut from a small section of sewer pipe in Jinhua, China, after the child’s mother flushed the boy down the toilet. Sky News reports:
According to a police source in Jinhua, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, [a 22-year-old] woman gave birth unexpectedly when she went to the lavatory on Saturday, and the newborn fell into the squat toilet.
The mother, who had hidden her pregnancy, telephoned her landlord, claiming she heard “weird noises” in the pipe, and the proprietor called police after spotting the infant.
Firefighters had to remove the pipe, reported to be 10cm (three inches) in diameter, and take it to a nearby hospital, where doctors carefully cut around it to rescue the baby inside.
They spent nearly an hour taking the tube apart piece by piece with pliers and saws and finally recovered the 5lb (2.3kg) boy, whose placenta was still attached. (Via)
Watch video of the rescue below, but be warned, it’s NSFW. Or life, for that matter.