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Abandoned baby cured, waiting for parents

A two-month-old infant is waiting for reunion with his parents and his twin sister at the Children's Hospital of Fudan University and the doctors said the boy was healthy enough to go home.

The unnamed baby, elder of the boy-girl twins, was abandoned by his parents last month because he had jaundice. He was found by a resident at the gate of his residential complex in Minhang District on the morning of January 25.

A note on the boy said he had jaundice -- probably due to a blocked bile duct, and he was the elder of a pair of premature twins. His parents were both migrant workers and had used up all their savings for the boy's treatment.

"We are a poor family, unable to pay the medical bills anymore," said the note, adding they learned the Children's Hospital of Fudan University can treat such disease and they abandoned the boy near the hospital. "Please save the baby and raise him up," it pleaded.

Police took the baby soon after receiving the report and sent him to Minhang District Central Hospital for treatment. The baby was transferred to the Children's Hospital three days later.

"The boy had a very high level of jaundice when he was brought in," said Luo Weifeng, an official with the Children's Hospital. "Diagnosis found he was not born with a blocked bile duct. The accumulation of bile had other causes. He has recovered after our treatment. Overall checkup indicated he is a healthy baby."

She said the hospital was looking for his parents through the media, otherwise the baby would be sent to the children's home.

"A baby should stay with his family, no matter it is wealthy or poor," Luo said. "We feel his parents are still attached to the baby. They abandoned him when there were no other solutions."

In China, parents face punishment if their abandon a child suffering disability or grave illness. They will be asked to take the child back or face court sentence.


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