A newborn baby who fell into a toilet when her mother gave birth in a public bathroom is in good condition and will be discharged from the hospital in a few days, the baby's aunt said.
"My sister-in-law and niece are both OK now. As soon as doctor permits it, we'll bring the baby home," said Zhang Zhenghua, the sister of Cai Qulin, 36, went into labor early on Saturday afternoon, nine days ahead of her due date.
Qulin gave birth in a public restroom as she sat above the toilet. The child unexpectedly fell into the commode and was flushed down accidentally.
Zhang Tao, Cai's husband, called the police and emergency medical help.
"The rescuers could see the baby and hear her crying," said an e-mail reply from the Chaoyang district fire brigade to China Daily. "They broke the nearby pits by hand so they could reach the girl without endangering her."
Rescuers were able to reach the infant about 30 minutes after the accident.
"She seemed a little pale and stiff," he said. Then she was taken to the hospital in critical condition but is now doing better and will return home shortly.
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