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Parents return to reclaim twin

THE sister from a pair of boy and girl twins received expert diagnosis yesterday at the same local children's hospital where her brother was cured of jaundice after being abandoned by his parents.

The parents are now back in the city hoping to get their son back.

The two-month-old girl was found to have abnormal brain wave signals, which have caused epilepsy and cerebral palsy, doctors are waiting on further tests.

The couple from Anhui Province, who also adopted an abandoned girl four years ago, explained their distress that led to them abandoning the boy.

The parents went to a local police -station yesterday afternoon to report that it was they who had abandoned the boy and to find out about the procedures for claiming him back.

"It was desperation that made us abandon him, as doctors in my hometown said he might be suffering from a blocked bile duct and that the medical bill would be about 200,000 (US$30,395) to 300,000 yuan," said Zhang Qiming, the father. "A poor farmer's family like us has spent 70,000 to 80,000 yuan on the two babies since their delivery. The boy had jaundice, while the girl has bleeding inside the brain."

The couple abandoned the boy close to the Children's Hospital of Fudan University on January 25, leaving a note pleading for people to save the boy and take him to the children's hospital for treatment.

They were found by the media and arrived in the city earlier this week with the girl to visit the boy at the hospital.

"After this event, we won't do anything so stupid. We will raise the children no matter how hard it is," Zhang said.

Dr Wang Yi, the hospital's vice president, said doctors have prescribed medicine to combat the girl's epilepsy and will make a comprehensive evaluation of her later. "We asked the parents to bring her back in three months for another checkup. Intervention and treatment will be given soon after her condition is confirmed," she said.

The parents have expressed their -gratitude to the hospital.

"It is so wrong that the parents abandoned their sick children," said Huang Guoying, president of the hospital, which was asked by local civil affairs authorities to take care of the boy instead of discharging him to a children's house yesterday, as had been scheduled - the police and civil affairs authorities are still discussing the issue.

The hospital said that some local residents have called, wishing to donate money to the twins' parents to cover the cost of the medical bills.


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