This story just gets weirder and weirder. The mother of the newborn baby rescued from a sewer pipe after it was flushed down the toilet was reportedly at the scene when firefighters recovered the infant.
According to the Associated Press, the mother raised the initial alarm and was present for the entire two-hour rescue process, but did not reveal her connection to the baby until questioned by police.
The state-run, Hangzhou-based newspaper Dushikuaibao said police became suspicious when they found baby toys and blood-stained toilet paper in the 22-year-old woman’s rented room, in the building where Saturday’s rescue occurred in eastern China.
The woman, whose name was not revealed in state media reports, confessed to police when they asked her to undergo a medical checkup.
The woman told police she could not afford an abortion and secretly delivered the child Saturday afternoon in the toilet.
According to Zhezhong News, she told police that she didn’t want to have the child but couldn’t afford an abortion. When labour started she delivered the baby on the toilet (not the most hygienic place in the world to give birth) and watched in horror as he slipped into the sewer line and got trapped. The woman reportedly alerted her landlord when she was unable to get the baby out of the toilet, and he subsequently contacted the authorities.
Zhezhong News said the woman is a high school graduate who works at a restaurant in the Zhejiang province city of Jinhua. She said she became pregnant after a one-night stand with a man who later denied any responsibility. The woman did not reveal the pregnancy to her parents. She also said she wanted to raise the child but had no idea how to do it, according to local reports.
Why someone who wanted to keep the child would choose to give birth over a toilet is beyond me, I’m paranoid enough about using my phone in the bathroom. Regardless of the veracity (or complete and utter falsehood) of the woman’s story, it does seem that the baby will survive its ordeal:
The baby, who weighed 2.8 kilograms (6 pounds, 2.8 ounces), had a low heart rate and some minor abrasions on his head and limbs, but was mostly unhurt, according to local reports. The placenta was still attached.
Update 17:20: AFP has a slightly different account of events, which states that the woman was not expecting to give birth and went into labour while she happened to be on the toilet. Giving birth is not a quick process however, especially for first time mothers, and there’s typically time between contractions to aim the baby coming out of you away from the open toilet.
Update 17:45: Amanda points out in the comments below that babies have been accidentally born on toilets before. I reached the limit of my knowledge about giving birth and labour a while ago, so if you can explain how a normally hours long process can take place in the time of an average pee, or how a woman could be completely unaware that she was in labour right up until the point the baby popped out, please comment below or email [email protected]. Please don’t send me bullshit articles on anti-abortion websites, because that’s what comes up first when you Google this subject.
[Image via: Xinhua]