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Afflicted newborn tossed into lavatory

POLICE are looking for a woman who threw her newborn into the toilet of a local hospital, leaving him dying with his intestines exposed due to a rare congenital defect.

The male infant, born several days ago, remains in danger as his condition is deteriorating. Doctors said yesterday that he might not survive 48 hours.

The hospital's primary diagnosis shows the boy suffering from a congenital defect in which a hole in the abdominal wall allows the intestines to stick out.

The infant was found by a nurse in a women's lavatory in Changhai Hospital, Yangpu District, about 1:45pm yesterday.

A local resident surnamed Huang, who witnessed the scene, said a nurse rushed into the emergency hall of the hospital, holding an infant wrapped in a down coat around her arms. She stunned all the other nurses and patients by loudly yelling, "Call the maternity department, someone has just given birth to a baby boy at lady's lavatory!"

The nurse, who refused to be named, said she believed the infant was just born because she saw something like an umbilical cord still attached to the baby's abdomen.

She was even more shocked when doctors told her that what she saw was not the birth cord, but the infant's intestines.

"What kind of parents would do such things? Leave their baby dying in the toilet, with his guts exposed in the open cold air?" asked Huang.

The hospital nurses immediately called police and transferred the infant to Yangpu District Central Hospital for further treatment.

An official with the hospital said they plan to transfer the infant to a third hospital, Xinhua Hospital, as the boy's condition keeps worsening and they could not deal with such rare congenital disease.

"The poor boy is still in life danger and we are even afraid that he cannot make it tonight," Wang said yesterday.

Yangpu police said they are still looking for the parents and encourage witnesses who might have clues to come forward.


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