A garbage collector in China saved a newborn baby after finding the tiny boy abandoned in a rubbish bin.
He brought the baby to a hospital for a check-up and doctors managed to find his parents, reports Daily Mail.
According to the boy’s mother and father, they decided to throw away the baby because he had been born prematurely and they thought he would not grow up healthily. The parents have expressed their regret.
According to a report on qq.com, the scavenger made the discovery on June 23 while searching for valuable goods from a rubbish bin outside the Fuling Centre Hospital in Chongqing.
The man, whose name has not been revealed, took out a newborn baby boy from the bin at around 10am.
Onlookers and hospital staff suggested the man bring the baby to the hospital for health inspection.
Upon a check-up, doctors said the infant had been born prematurely. They said the baby, weighing only 1.5kg (3.3 lbs), had been born at around 30 weeks.
The doctors also found records of a baby recently born at the hospital which fits the features of the abandoned boy.
They immediately alerted the police, and the police contacted the parents of the boy on the record.
According to a report on Sohu.com, the police confirmed that the couple were indeed the boy’s parents and the mother was still hospitalised.
The police said that her husband carried the baby out from the hospital and placed him in the rubbish bin.
The couple told a reporter from Sohu: ‘We were afraid he [the baby] wouldn’t live long because he was born prematurely.
‘We didn’t think carefully before throwing him in the rubbish bin.’
The couple expressed their regret to the police. They promised to take care of the baby from now on.
The police did not file charges against the couple, but they gave them a verbal warning.
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