Hero Doctor Saves Baby Thrown into River by Stranger

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A new mother was out for a stroll with her 43-day-old infant when an unknown person almost killed her newborn.

A doctor literally leapt into action when he jumped into a freezing river in central China to save a six-week-old baby girl who had been thrown into the water in an apparently random attack by a total stranger.

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The incident occurred on Nov 3 as a woman, identified only as Liu, was pushing her baby in a pram across a bridge in Pingdingshan, Henan province, the Legal Evening News reported on Nov 5.

Having carried the baby back to dry land, the doctor, identified as Ge Haifu, realised she was not breathing. He slapped the tiny child on her back and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on her.

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He also stripped off her soaking clothes and wrapped her in a blanket to keep her warm until an ambulance arrived and took her to hospital.

The report said the baby was in intensive care but in a stable condition.

Police detained the suspect the following day in neighbouring Jiaxian county and said a formal investigation was underway.

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Liu said she had never seen the man before.