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Police cars save precious time for sick baby

A four-month-old boy, suffering meningococcal meningitis and escorted by police from Ningbo, Zhejiang Province to Shanghai yesterday for emergency treatment, is getting better and can be fed milk, doctors said today.

A Shanghai Children's Hospital official surnamed Luo said the baby's "condition is stabilizing but it is still a bit too early to declare he is completely out of danger."

The baby, known as Xixi, had only a 50 percent survival rate yesterday. But he pulled through a 14-hour surgery and is now under a three-day observation before new surgeries are conducted, Luo said.

Last night's emergency surgery has prevented the baby's condition from deteriorating.

Police in Ningbo and Shanghai used their cars to lead the ambulance and the car of baby's parents all the way to the Shanghai Children's Hospital. They covered the 210km distance in 130 minutes, very fast considering congested sections of roads.

Police responded after the family's friends called for help with a microblog yesterday. The microblog was forwarded more than 5,000 times and caught the police's attention.

Shanghai police said Hu's ambulance arrived at the Fengjing Toll Station in Songjiang at 8:03pm and arrived at the hospital at 8:38pm.


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