Chinese ‘miracle baby’ remains in critical condition

Beijing, March 20: A baby boy born during a road accident that killed his parents in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen is still in critical condition and under medical observation, a doctor said Thursday.

A couple in Haicang district in Xiamen was going to the hospital on a motorcycle Tuesday for the delivery of the baby when they collided with a heavy-duty truck near a crossroads.

The couple was killed but the baby was born by the impact of the collision.

“It is a miracle that the infant survived the gruesome road accident,” Fang Mei, a pediatrician at Haicang, told Xinhua.

Further examination has shown he suffered a brachial plexus injury and a minor brain haemorrhage. The child is under medical observation, Fang said.

The baby, 51 cm long and weighing 4.2 kg, also suffered bruising on the head, back, legs and arms.

The Xiamen municipal health bureau has sent medical professionals to the district hospital to help work out the best possible treatment plan.

“As medical staff, we’ll try our best to bring him out of danger,” Fang said.

Locals have volunteered to take care of the baby in the hospital and a group of mothers has provided him breast milk.