A premature Colombian baby presumed to be dead at birth was found alive by a morgue attendant 10 hours after doctors officially declared the baby dead.
The baby has been named Milagros – Spanish for miracles.
Jenny Hurtado, the baby’s mother, was rushed to St. Francis hospital in Quibdo, Colombia last Wednesday morning to deliver her baby. She was just 27 weeks pregnant.
The St. Francis medical staff performed a c-section on Hurtado, but found no signs of life in the child. At 3:20 a.m., they pronounced the baby dead. It was taken to the morgue and placed inside a box. Morgue staff waited for the child’s father to take the baby.
However, upon the father’s arrival, a faint cry was heard from inside the box. All present were in shock as they realized that the child was still alive. Milagros was then rushed via plane to Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus clinic in Bogota.
Milagros remains there and is receiving treatment for her underdeveloped lungs in intensive care. She is accompanied at the hospital by her aunt, Reyes Hinestroza. Milagros’ mother remains in Quibdo where she is recovering from the ordeal.
Santa Teresita specialist Javier Zagarra spoke to Spanish newspaper Semana about the soft heartbeat of a premature baby that can lead to a mistaken death declaration.
“In some cases the heart movements are not perceptible even though the newborn is alive, they can declare it dead,” he said. “When they wrap the baby in a sheet, upon receiving warmth, the baby can then revitalize.”