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Abandoned twin baby awaits parents

A TWO-MONTH-OLD boy, who was abandoned because he was ill, is awaiting a reunion with his parents and his twin sister at a local hospital, which said he is healthy after being treated and can be discharged.

The unnamed boy, the elder of boy-and-girl twins born on December 16, was found by a resident at the gate of his complex in Minhang District on the morning of January 25.

A note on the boy said he had jaundice, which may have been caused by a blocked bile duct, and the parents, both migrant workers, had used up all their savings on treatment.

"We are a poor family and can't afford the medical bills any more," said the note, which nicknamed the boy Da Shuang.

The note said the parents learned that the Children's Hospital of Fudan University can treat the disease, so they left him near to it.

Police took the baby soon after being notified and sent him to Minhang District Central Hospital.

He was transferred to the children's hospital three days later.

"The boy had a very high level of jaundice when he was hospitalized," said Luo Weifeng, an official from the children's hospital. "He has recovered after treatment. A checkup confirmed he is a healthy baby."

She said they are looking for the parents, but if they can't be found, will send the baby to a children's home.

"We think his parents still hold love for the baby because the note said they abandoned him since there were no other options," she said.


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