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Mother claims hospital made her sell her baby

A 16-YEAR-OLD mother says a hospital in east China's Zhejiang Province forced her to sell her newborn baby.
She claims the hospital threatened to stop supplying medication to her and took advantage of her lack of finances.

Liu Yue, a native of Shandong Province, said three Pinghu City people, came to see her in the Pinghu No. 2 People's Hospital two days after she gave birth and took the baby girl away after paying her 15,000 yuan (US$2,198.55), today's Oriental Morning Post reported.

Police said an initial investigation confirmed that some hospital staff had contacted adoption agents, but they made no profits. The police found the baby living with a local family.

Liu said she had to sell the baby because she was unable to afford the costs of medication. She was alone in the city as her boy friend had disappeared and her family was far away in their hometown in Shandong.

It is not known whether Liu was studying or working in Pinghu.

"The hospital staff threatened to cut my medication if I didn't sell the baby to raise money," she told a television reporter.

Liu now wants the hospital bring her baby back and pay 150,000 yuan in compensation. If the baby cannot be returned the compensation will be 500,000 yuan, according to her lawyer Chen Haiqun.

However the hospital tells a different story.

"We were not involved in the selling of the baby. On the contrary, our medical staff saved the lives of Liu Yue and her baby," Sheng Jinfeng, the hospital's principal, told Oriental Morning Post.

Hospital staff never forced her to sell the baby, he stressed.

Sheng said Liu gave birth at the hospital on December 1. She refused medication citing financial problems and said she did not want to have the baby.

Medical staff comforted the girl and told her she could have the baby adopted if she did not want to keep it.

Despite doctors opposing it, Liu checked out of the hospital on December 3 after paying the medical fee at 3,882 yuan, Sheng said.

But the principal admitted that one young nurse had told other people that Liu did not want the baby and this had resulted in the adoption.

But the nurse did not contact the adoption agents directly - they visited Liu of their own accord, he said.


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