The newborn baby with cleft lip was abandoned at hospital in Sanya
A newborn baby suffering from severe cleft lip and syphilis was abandoned by his parents on December 30, 2010, three days after he was born. Police sent the baby to a local welfare house, which sent the baby back to the hospital for medical treatment, in Sanya, southern China’s Hainan Province.
Hainan Nong Ken Hospital said the mother checked into the hospital on December 28th and was with her husband. “On the same day, the woman gave birth to a baby boy, who suffers from congenital cleft lip,” said Doctor Yang.
Doctor Yang said the parents were quite quiet after knowing their baby was suffering from cleft lip.
"The man asked me if the baby is out of hope. I told him that it’s curable, but as the cleft is quite large, the operation would be challenging,” said Doctor Yang.
The hospital said the parents found excuses not to register with their ID number, and in the afternoon on the 3rd day after the labor, nurses found the parents had gone missing. “We originally thought the mother went out to buy baby stuff, but the woman in the neighboring bed said the mother packed and left with her husband, and her cell phone is switched off,” said the hospital.
Director Ying of the department of gynecology and obstetrics said they later found 300 Yuan and a tin of milk powder beside the incubator where the baby was laying.
"The mother told us that she already has two daughters, and didn’t have any pregnancy checks this time,” said Director Ying.
On January 3rd, police and medical staff from the hospital sent the baby to the Sanya Social Welfare House, which later sent the baby back to the hospital for medical treatment.
"The baby has to be treated first,” said a staff member, Huang, in the welfare house.
Doctor Zhang of the pediatrics department in the hospital said the baby’s nose is also missing, and without prompt surgery, the cleft could grow bigger and bigger.
Checkups also found that the baby suffers from syphilis, which was probably acquired from the mother.
Doctor Zhang said after the treatment, the baby would be sent back to the welfare house.
Mo Meilian, a local lawyer, said the parents should go and pick up their son from the hospital as soon as possible, otherwise they may face up to 5 years in prison.
SOURCE: Quirky China
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