The ears of newborn girls are "filled with maggots" after they have been left "with the umbilical cord still attached".
- The baby was found abandoned in the back yard of a gym in Nanchang, China
- Her umbilical cord and placenta were still attached to her, the doctors said
- A nurse said the girl was "smelly" and her ears were filled with live maggots
- The police have asked an orphanage to look after them while they are looking for their parents
A baby was rescued after being abandoned in the back yard of a South China gym.
The girl's umbilical cord and placenta were still attached to her when a cleaner found her, doctors told reporters.
Her body was covered with mud and her ears were filled with jiggling maggots, the doctors added.
The footage released by the Chinese video outlet Pear shows medical workers removing maggots from the baby's ears with cotton swabs. The abandoned girl is in a stable condition after treatment
A nurse (right) said: “I had never seen a baby this small with so many maggots crawling on it. My heart hurts for her. I don't know why her father and mother would leave her like this. & # 39;
Ouyang Ting, who treated the baby, said the girl was "dirty and smelly" when she was taken to the hospital by a security guard.
"When we bathed her later, we found that there were young maggots on her body," said the head nurse.
“I had never seen a baby this small with so many maggots crawling on it.
& # 39; My heart hurts for her. I don't know why her father and mother would leave her like this, ”Ms. Ouyang said tearfully to Pear Video.
The girl (left) was discovered in Nanchang, south China's Jiangxi Province, on Saturday morning. A cleaning lady discovered her in the back yard of a fitness studio (right) and alarmed a security guard
The girl was discovered on Saturday morning in Nanchang City, south China's Jiangxi Province.
It is said that a cleaner heard "cats" howling from the yard the night before and noticed the child the next day.
When the security guard brought the baby over, it was attached to her placenta. Her umbilical cord was also not cut and she was covered with mud, ”said Dr. Li Huibin from Jiangxi Province Children's Hospital.
The security guard took the abandoned child for medical treatment immediately after being alerted by cleaning staff, Dr. Li.
Footage released by Pear shows medical workers removing the worms from the baby's ears with cotton swabs.
Police have reportedly made sure the baby is looked after by an orphanage and is looking for her parents. The child is in a stable condition.
When the security guard brought the baby over, it was attached to her placenta. Her umbilical cord was also not cut and she was covered with mud, ”said Dr. Li Huibin from Jiangxi Province Children's Hospital. Dr. Li (right) examines the baby in Nanchang
According to the latest statistics, around 100,000 babies are abandoned in China every year – more than 270 per day.
According to Chinese criminal law, parents who leave their children can be imprisoned for up to five years.
In reality, however, few of them are punished for lack of law enforcement.
In June, a newborn boy was found upside down in a plastic bag on a public toilet in northwest China's Gansu.
The baby was covered in blood, the umbilical cord and placenta were still attached. According to an earlier report, he was found in a toilet basket.
Every year, 100,000 babies and children are abandoned in China
An estimated 100,000 babies and children are abandoned by their parents in China each year.
It is illegal for parents to leave their minors in China.
However, the country lacks a well-developed system to prevent parents and punish those who have done so, according to the China Children's Aid Report 2013.
On January 12, 2014, residents visited an abandoned baby lying in a cot in a "baby hatch" in Guiyang, China. The "baby hatches", formerly known as the "baby safety islands", were set up in several Chinese cities for people to drop off their unwanted children
Many people leave their sons and daughters because the children were born seriously ill or disabled.
According to People’s Daily Online, these parents fear that they will not be able to afford the baby’s medical bills or the cost of bringing up the child.
Some infants are abandoned by young parents who became pregnant unexpectedly and did not want their parents to know anything about the child.
In 2017, a top student in Xi reportedly threw her newborn baby out the window of her dormitory after secretly giving birth to a college. The baby was later found dead in an alley next to the school.
The gender of the baby has traditionally played a role, as people in China attach great importance to having male offspring. However, the preference is gradually waning.
Several Chinese cities, including Guangzhou, Jinan, and Xiamen, have previously set up baby hatches – or "baby safety islands" – where people can drop off their unwanted children instead of leaving them on the street or in the wild.
But the shelters, usually in the form of small wooden houses, have disappeared in recent years after being flooded by disabled children.
In 2014, such a facility in Jinan reportedly hosted 106 children with disabilities or illnesses in just 11 days. The oldest of them was seven years old.
The refuge also generated controversy over whether to encourage people to leave their children or not.
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