A woman in China has been dubbed the ‘most beautiful mother’ for nursing an abandoned baby girl who had been discovered crying on the street.
The unnamed mother, who is reported to be 26 years old, volunteered to breastfeed the child who is thought to have been just a few days old, reports the People’s Daily Online.
The newborn was first discovered by a passerby on a street at Beiwei village in Xianyang city, north-west China’s Shaanxi province, on May 11.
According to the report, a woman named Wei, who worked at a local property company, saw a storage box outside her company at around 8am last Wednesday.
At first she thought it was just rubbish and did not investigate further.
However before long, Wei heard a baby crying and then she realised that it was coming from the storage box.
The crying child attracted some passersby, some opened the box and found the baby girl wrapped in bedding with around half a bag of milk and 100 yuan (£10).
The baby seemed unharmed.
Someone onlookers pulled the baby from out of the sun and looked around for some water for her. They realised that the child was hungry.
A passing young woman, who happened to be a new mother, carefully put the baby in his arms, sat down in the corner and breastfed the child to give her some much needed milk and to stop her from crying.
Xianyang City Public Security Bureau said police arrived at the scene to see the child lying quietly in the young mother’s arms with many passersby stuffing money in the baby’s sleeves.
According to social welfare workers in Xianyang City, the baby has suspected cerebal palsy and possibly other conditions that will require further examinations.
The story has gained a lot of attention and comments from people online, who hailed the woman as the ‘most beautiful mother’.
On news site 163.com people have been praising the mother for her actions.
‘Sui feng qu envy’ said: ‘She is indeed the most beautiful mother’.
While ‘Mo lu yi wang’ wrote: ‘Praise this mother’.
However ‘Chao xiao wu mao zhi shang’ commented: ‘[She] is kind, but her behaviour is not appropriate.
‘Breastfeeding can carry several diseases.
‘Had the baby been abandoned due to a serious infectious disease, then this mother and her child would be exposed to the disease too’.
The child has been taken to the Xianyang City Social Welfare institute.
Local police are investigating the case further.