An eight-month-old boy is lucky to be alive after he was stabbed 90 times by his mother, mostly in the face, for biting her while she was breastfeeding.
Xiao Bao needed more than 100 stitches after the incident in Xuzhou, eastern China’s Jiangsu Province.
The infant lives with his mother and two uncles, who make a living recycling rubbish. It was one of the uncles who discovered Xiao Bao lying in a pool of blood in the yard of their home and rushed him to hospital.
The child’s mother later confessed that she stabbed the baby after he bit her during breastfeeding.
Neighbours have pleaded with the local government to take the baby away, but they have said that they will not.
Apparently, they said that there was no confirmation the mother was suffering from a mental illness and said, regardless, the baby still has two guardians in the form of his two uncles.
Mental illness remains a relatively closed topic in modern China, and neither medication nor modern psychiatric treatment is widely used.
An analysis of mental health issues in four Chinese provinces, published in 2009 in the British medical journal The Lancet, estimated that 91 per cent of the 173 million Chinese adults that were believed to suffer mental problems never receive professional help.