Tuesday May 25, 2010

Horror in China: Aborted but Still Living Baby Sent for Cremation

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski

FOSHAN CITY, China, may 25, 2010 ( – An aborted baby boy, who had been declared dead by doctors in Foshan City, China, suddenly cried out as he was about to be cremated, but died later after doctors refused to treat him.

A mortuary worker at the Nanhai Funeral Home reportedly was startled by a cry from a box, labeled “medical waste,” that he was about to put into the incinerator. He opened the carton and found the baby moving, but choking on some cotton wool in his mouth, the locally based Information Times reported.

After the worker cleared his mouth, the baby yawned and breathed normally. He was rushed back to Guanyao Hospital, which had attempted to abort him earlier that day; but doctors in the hospital reportedly ignored him and left him in the lobby to die.

He was confirmed dead later in the day and returned to the funeral home for cremation. However, workers put the body in a refrigerator pending further investigation.

Liu Sanhong, an official with the hospital, told the Shanghai Daily that staff checked the baby for an hour to make sure that he was dead. Liu declined to comment on whether doctors tried to save the baby or not.

A funeral home official told Information Times that he took a video of the baby, who was about seven months gestation, to prove that he was alive when discovered at the crematory.

Following this, the report said that all workers at the funeral home had been ordered not to talk about the incident.

Earlier this year, outrage was sparked by the mishandling of the bodies of aborted children by the Affiliated Hospital of Jining Medical University.

On March 31, 21 babies’ bodies were found dumped in the Guangfu river in east China’s Jining City.

The bodies, some in diapers, some in plastic bags marked “medical waste,” were found under a bridge by a man who had been fishing.

Reports suggested most of the dead babies were females who had been allowed to die or were aborted and dumped because parents wanted to keep the option open for a male child within China’s coercive one-child system.

While human rights groups and international population experts have denounced wide scale sex-selective abortion and female infanticide in China, the state-run Xinhua news agency blamed the incident on “local custom and a lack of regulation.”

See related LSN article:

Babies’ Bodies Found Dumped in Chinese River


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