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Baby, whose rescue made headlines, leaves hospital

THE four-month-old baby who made the headlines 10 days ago when he suffered acute meningitis and was rushed 210 kilometers to Shanghai with police cars leading the ambulance in a relay race has fully recovered and left Shanghai today.

Doctors at the Fudan University Children's Hospital told Shanghai Daily that the boy had only a 50 percent survival rate with infection of meningococcal meningitis. He has recovered and won't have any complication in the future.

"The baby is fortunate to have survived the critical 72 hours. The green channel and police escort saved precious time for his rescue," said Wang Zhi, deputy director of the hospital.

The baby, nicknamed Xixi, and his parents left for their home in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province this afternoon. Doctors said they would make follow-up checks on the baby in the next three weeks.

The baby's father surnamed Hu said that he was so glad to hear the baby crying out loud on the hospital bed. "When we brought him to the Shanghai hospital, he was too weak to have the strength to cry," said Hu. "Red spots covered his whole body and he didn't respond to our talking."

He said the family felt shattered when Ningbo doctors said they could do nothing with a case of full-blown meningitis.

"We rushed to Shanghai, trying to catch the last gleam of hope. Thanks to the doctors and police officers, our baby was given a chance to live," he said.

Zhejiang and Shanghai police learned about the baby's plight on Weibo microblogging site and sent out police cars to lead the ambulance through dense traffic in a relay race. They covered the 210 kilometer distance in 130 minutes.


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