Published April 10, 2012
A newborn girl in China is in good condition and is expected to be released from the hospital soon, after being rescued from a public toilet pit, the baby's aunt said.
"My sister-in-law and niece are both OK now. As soon as doctor permits it, we'll bring the baby home," Zhang Zhenghua told the China Daily.
Cai Qulin, 36, reportedly went into labor Saturday, nine days before her expected due date. Qulin stopped to use the bathroom before going to the hospital, and unexpectedly delivered the baby in the public toilet.
Qulin's husband then called police. "The rescuers could see the baby and hear her crying sometimes in the pit," the Chaoyang district fire brigade explained to the China Daily.
"They broke the nearby pits by hand so they could reach the girl without endangering her."
"It's not often that a mother will give birth to a baby in an unexpected place like the toilet, but older mothers who have already given birth before may have a bigger chance of doing so," Wang Linhog, head of National Center for Women and Children's Health, under Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said.