The mother of the Chinese newborn rescued from a sewer pipe has said she kept her pregnancy secret after the father refused to stand by her and she could not afford an abortion.
The ordeal of Baby 59 – known only by the number of his hospital incubator – made headlines around the world after extraordinary footage was shown of firefighters and medics freeing him from the narrow pipe. Police in Jinhua, Zhejiang province, initially thought the baby had been abandoned and said they were treating the case as one of attempted homicide.
But they subsequently realised that the resident who had raised the alarm, and who remained present throughout the two-hour rescue on Saturday, was his mother. Local media said she told police she wanted to raise the child but had no idea how to do it.
I wouldn’t mind reflecting for a second on the “could not afford an abortion” part of the report. If she could have afforded the abortion, Baby no. 59, pictured sleeping above, would not be a controversy, because he’d be dead. We go to extraordinary lengths to save babies, once they are born. Now it appears the mother would like to parent. I’d be grateful if she got the opportunity. Seems to me her son got a new lease on life, and so should she.by