Newborn survives after reportedly being flushed down toilet

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A newborn in China has miraculously survived after being flushed down a toilet, according to media reports Tuesday.

The boy was discovered in a sewer in Suide County, Shaanxi province, after his screams were heard by passersby.

‘It was really a race against time because somebody could have flushed something down the sewer again at any stage, or the baby might have turned over and ended up face first in the filthy water and drowned,” firefighter Li Zhi said, according to the Metro.

Responders pulled the baby out of the sewer after easing him toward an opening using a variety of tools.

‘He still had the umbilical cord attached and it had obviously been clumsily cut,” Zhi said.

The baby is being treated at a local hospital – where he was determined to be healthy – while authorities are looking for his mother, the Metro reports.

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