'Miracle' morgue baby improving in Argentina
BY Associated Press
Thursday, April 12, 2012
4/12/12 at 5:25 AM
A mother in Argentina says she fell to her knees in shock after finding her baby alive in a coffin in the morgue nearly 12 hours after the girl had been declared dead.
Analia Bouter named her newborn Luz Milagros, or "Miracle Light." The tiny girl, born three months premature, was in critical but improving condition Wednesday in the same hospital where the staff pronounced her stillborn on April 3.
Bouter told the TeleNoticias TV channel that doctors gave her the death certificate just 20 minutes after the baby was born.
Bouter said the baby was quickly put in a coffin and taken to the morgue's refrigeration room. Twelve hours passed before she and her husband were able to open the coffin to say their last goodbyes.
She said that's when the baby trembled. She thought it was her imagination - then she realized the little girl was alive.
A morgue worker quickly picked up the girl and confirmed she was alive. Then, Bouter's brother grabbed the baby and ran to the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, shouting for the doctors.
Rafael Sabatinelli, the deputy health minister in the northern province of Chaco, said that five medical professionals involved have been suspended pending an official investigation.
Original Print Headline: Baby is found alive in coffin
Analia Bouter and her husband, Fabian Veron, sit outside the hospital in Resistencia, Argentina, on Wednesday. Bouter found her baby alive in a coffin in the morgue. JUAN PABLO FACCIOLI/Associated Press