Date
26 September 2017
After surviving Typhoon Kalmaegi overnight, this abandoned baby has found a home in a hospital where he is reported to be in stable condition. Photo:Southern Metropolis Daily
After surviving Typhoon Kalmaegi overnight, this abandoned baby has found a home in a hospital where he is reported to be in stable condition. Photo:Southern Metropolis Daily

Abandoned newborn survives typhoon night by riverside

Some miracles happen in the unlikeliest of places, others in the most harrowing of circumstances.

This one occurred in both.

A baby boy managed to survive a night of Typhoon Kalmaegi after being abandoned on an inaccessible riverside in Dongguan, Guangdong province, a few hours after he was born.

The infant was found naked with sand in his mouth at about 6 a.m. Tuesday morning and was rushed to hospital where he is in stable condition.

Policeman Li Xiaolong said the boy could have been born on Monday amid a downpour. The umbilical cord was uncut when he was found, according to Southern Metropolis Daily.

“The baby’s whole body had turned blue. He was shaking from the cold and crying but couldn’t make a sound,” Li said.

The river where the boy was found was flowing with sewage and had been closed off from surrounding factories and apartment blocks.

The riverbank, infested with flies and rats, was covered in trash thrown from apartment windows.

Residents said a woman spotted the infant from her balcony and alerted a security guard to call the police.

She also brought down clothing to wrap the infant, the report said.

Kalmaegi, with wind speed of up to 144 kilometers per hour, swept through many parts of southern China on Monday, causing heavy rains in Guangdong.

The boy will be named Haioua (seagull) after the Chinese name of the typhoon.

“We hope he can be healthy and happy like a seagull soaring above the sea,” a police spokesperson said.

The baby may be sent to a welfare home after he recovers.

Meanwhile, the police are investigating the case.

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