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Shanghai Children's Home caring for abandoned baby

SHANGHAI Children's Home is now taking care of the baby boy who was abandoned due to deformed ears late last month.

The one-and-a-half-month-old boy was in good health and will receive a hearing check at a suitable age, officials said.

The baby was found in a park in Xuhui District on the morning of July 29. He was later sent to Shanghai No.8 People's Hospital.

The boy's ears are closed and look like two bulges. Doctors at the hospital said they were not able to do a hearing check.

Police have been unable to locate the boy's parents, thus he had to be sent to the welfare home.

"We will try our best to give him a warm environment," said Yuan Fanglai, deputy director of Shanghai Children's Home.

A Shanghai Daily reader wrote to the newspaper yesterday, expressing his concern for the baby and his wishes of helping the boy. He said he read Shanghai Daily's article about the boy while flying out of the city on July 30.

The welfare home expressed gratitude for the warm-hearted concern from the public.

Doctors with Shanghai No.9 People's Hospital, which is the city's best hospital for plastic surgery, said that if the boy has no hearing problem, he will be suitable for ear reconfiguration surgery at six or seven years old. Surgery may cost about 100,000 yuan (US$14,285).

The hospital said if the boy has plastic surgery too early, the size of the ears will likely not match the size of his head.

"Usually the surgery needs to be done twice to achieve the perfect effect, and they need to be spaced about one year apart," said Wu Yingchen, a hospital official.


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