Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Still born Argentine baby found alive in morgue 12hours after being pronounced dead.
A newborn in Argentina declared dead shortly after
her birth was discovered 12 hours later alive and well
in her coffin. When six-months pregnant Analia Bouter gave birth at a hospital in Resistencia on April 3, staff told her the baby was stillborn and showed no signs of life, the BBC reported, citing local media.
Twelve hours later, Bouter and her husband took a trip to the morgue to see their daughter's body.
"That night I went with my husband to where the
coffin was and he opened it up," she told reporters.
"Immediately I heard her cry."
Fabian Veron, the baby's father, told reporters outside the hospital, "It was like she was waking up. Then the morgue lady picked her up."
The baby girl was alive, breathing and reported to be in good health.
"She spent 12 hours in the freezing cold of that
morgue. I saw for myself the ice on her body," Bouter
told Argentina's Clarin newspaper.
Authorities have launched an investigation into the
medical mishap. The hospital's director Jose Luis Meirino said every staff member who was present at the birth thought the baby was stillborn.
The girl's vital signs may have disappeared as a result of hypothermia, he said.
"Every member of the team that was involved has some responsibility, so they will have to answer for this," Rafael Sabatinelli, the undersecretary for health in the Chaco province, told local media, the BBC reported. The incident, which happened last week, has just now been made public.
The girl's parents have reportedly named her Luz Milagros, which means "miracles."
Analia Bouter said she wasn't thinking about who was to blame.
"The joy of knowing she's alive is covering every other feeling," she told Clarin. "I'm a Christian, and I believe this was a miracle of God."