Mother finds 'stillborn' baby alive in hospital morgue in Argentina
A mother who gave birth to a stillborn baby found her alive in the hospital morgue half a day later, it has been revealed. Analía Bouter, from Argentina, insisted on seeing the body of her daughter, born three months prematurely, and was taken to the morgue by staff at the Perrando Hospital in the north of the country.
But only 12 hours after her baby was pronounced dead by doctors last Tuesday morning, Mrs Bouter found her breathing in one of the morgue's drawers.
"I went with Fabián, my husband, at around 9pm to see her body," Mrs Bouter told local press.
"We opened the drawer and I touched her hand. I felt her look at me and when I saw her alive I fell to my knees. Then suddenly she let out a cry. She was freezing in there."
Mr Bouter, who had already taken steps to obtain a death certificate, had asked to see his daughter before she was taken to the morgue, but doctors told him the drawer had already been shut and that he would have to wait. He said: "I folded back the blanket and we saw her hands moving. I couldn't believe it. I was speechless."
The nurse in charge at the morgue then lifted up the newborn before Mrs Bouter's brother took her running to the doctors.
The young couple have named their daughter, who is healthy in hospital, Luz Milagro, which translates as Light Miracle.
"Luz is a miracle," Mrs Bouter said. "If we had left it to go and see her another day, she may not have held on."
Doctors say Luz was born without vital signs. Rafael Sabatinelli, secretary of health of the Chaco province where the Bouters live, called the events a "disgrace" and has opened an investigation for the duration of which specialists and nurses involved in the birth will be suspended.
José Luis Meiriño, director of the hospital, said: "We work under strict protocols, but there's no explanation for this."
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