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Mercy-dash baby stable but not yet out of danger

A BABY with meningitis who was rushed 210 kilometers under police escort to Shanghai on Tuesday is in a stable but still life-threatening condition, doctors said yesterday.

The baby was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis, which has only a 50 percent survival rate, said Yu Hui, a doctor with the Children's Hospital of Fudan University, where the child, nicknamed Xixi, is being treated.

"After 12 hours of emergency treatment, his condition is no longer deteriorating and is now under control," said Yu.

Xixi, from Ningbo in Zhejiang Province, had a high fever when he was admitted to the hospital, but this returned to normal yesterday morning, doctors said.

Numerous red spots had appeared on the baby's body, but treatment has stopped new ones appearing, doctors said.

A hospital official, surnamed Luo, said the child would remain under observation for 72 hours before doctors could announce he was out of danger.

Police in Zhejiang Province and Shanghai sent squad cars to escort the ambulance and the baby's parents' car on Tuesday.

They made the 210 kilometer journey from Ningbo to the Shanghai hospital in 130 minutes.

Police were dispatched after the parents' friends appealed for help through a microblog. The post was forwarded more than 5,000 times and caught the police's attention.

Doctors in Ningbo told the boy's family they could do nothing for the baby due to their limited skills and lack of medical facilities.


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