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Baby aborted at 35 weeks, teenage mother later learns baby had survived

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Maternity nurse secretly saves child

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A story almost beyond belief whose conclusion came about last May, four years after “Lil” aborted her child in the 35th week.

In 2013, Lil was 18, the Daily Mail’s Sophie Williams tells us, when the young woman from inner Mongolia found out she was pregnant.

She did not tell anyone until the 35th week when evidently she told her brother who then accompanied her to an unnamed abortion clinic where she “successfully” aborted.

Or, so she thought. Incredibly three days later police told Lil that her baby had been saved by the maternity nurse! According to Williams

Liang Xiaohua said that she heard the child crying and took it out from the plastic bag to rescue. She attached the baby to oxygen and gave it water while she hid it in a cupboard.

The nurse was overheard calling someone and asking if they wanted a child and telling them that she did not know if it was a boy or a girl.

She sold it to her cousin who took the child to her home.

Local villagers became suspicious of the cousin and informed police of the baby.

The story’s chronology is a bit hazy, but evidently the villagers’ suspicions convinced police in the Hongshan District to investigate. Lil learned that her child was alive but claims that authorities would not reveal where the child was.

“She claimed that officers then became unresponsive,” Williams reported. She had no more luck with the Health Bureaus and Family Planning Bureaus.

Eventually the “Hongshan District Public Security Bureau deputy commander Zhang said he came to the conclusion that the baby was abducted,” Williams reported. In January 2014, Liang Xiaohua was arrested on suspicion of child abduction and sentenced to two years in prison.

Lil asked for approximately $164,000 in compensation, Williams reported, for “medical costs, lawyer’s fees and support costs.” This was not granted and her appeal failed as well.

“In February 2014, Hongshan District Public Security Bureau deputy commander Zhang and three other members of staff were found guilty for dereliction of duty but were not handed sentences,” according to Williams. Best guess is this was because Zhang had not filed a petition (presumably meaning criminal charges).

“The court case was finally closed in May 2017.”


Chelsea Garcia is a political writer with a special interest in international relations and social issues. Events surrounding the war in Ukraine and the war in Israel are a major focus for political journalists. But as a former local reporter, she is also interested in national politics.

Chelsea Garcia studied media, communication and political science in Texas, USA, and learned the journalistic trade during an internship at a daily newspaper. In addition to her political writing, she is pursuing a master's degree in multimedia and writing at Texas.

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