A newborn Chinese girl is recovering in a hospital after being rescued from a toilet drain pipe at a university bathroom.
A student at Linyi University in Shandong province in eastern China is thought to be the mother who gave birth to the child over a toilet on Sunday, Metro reports.
Firefighters were called after students heard crying coming from an 8-inch wide pipe near the bathroom.
The baby girl, who police believe was flushed down the toilet, was found stuck in a section of piping between the third and fourth floor of the university building.
The child had to be cut from the pipe using an angle grinder, and then pushed up to other firefighters on the floor above.
She was cleaned and taken to the Fei Xian People’s Hospital in stable condition, medical officials said.
According to NBC News, video footage of the incident emerged on Wednesday:
“It was impossible to get the baby out from above,” Fire Brigade spokesman Tao Fang said. “We used an angle grinder to break open the pipeline on the third floor and we could then push the child up to colleagues on the fourth floor where she was handed to medics who were waiting to take her to hospital.”
Police have located the mother and are deciding whether or not to press charges.
The Daily Mail reports that the incident has sparked online debate, with one commenter on China’s popular social media site Weibo, saying: “I find the image of a young woman giving birth in the loo, cleaning herself up and then going back to her room to carry on studying a particularly worrying one and a sign of the sort of throwaway society that we live in now days.”
Video Source: China View/YouTube