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Abandoned boy reunited with father

A TODDLER abandoned almost a month ago at Hongqiao Railway Station was yesterday reunited with his father.

The 18-month-old child from Shandong Province was left at the station by his mother on January 8. His mother, surnamed Shao, returned to Shandong.

Since then, the baby - who was nicknamed "Kai Xin," which means "happy" - has been staying at Changning District Central Hospital. Doctors said he was in good health.

Shao said she abandoned the child because she believed he wouldn't have a good life with her, after she left home following a row with her in-laws.

But Shao regretted her actions and late last month returned to Shanghai to reclaim her child.

However, she was unable to find the boy, and in any case she had no proof of identity.

The father, Ji Rongqiang, next came to Shanghai, bringing documents and certificates proving Kai Xin is his child.

"Now that everything is prepared, I feel at ease as I finally can see my baby," Ji said.

The hospital said staff have come to regard Kai Xin as their own child.

"He calls me grandma," said a care worker surnamed Hu. "I'm sad that he's leaving."


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