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"Dead" Baby Wakes Up in Time for His Funeral

A bizarre story out of Paraguay, where a baby whom doctors declared dead wakes up just before his funeral.

The baby boy was born 16 weeks premature at a hospital in the capital city of Asuncion. Dr. Ernesto Weber head of pediatric care at the state-run hospital, said the baby weighed just 17.6 ounces. "Initially, the baby didn't move, he practically didn't have any respiratory reflexes, nor did we hear a heartbeat and, as a result, we declared a premature fetus of 24 weeks dead," Weber told Reuters Television.

The grieving family was given a death certificate, as well as a cardboard box with the baby's name scribbled on the outside which served as a makeshift coffin.

The family took him home to prepare him for his funeral, when they got quite a shock. "I opened the box and took the baby out and he cried. I got scared and I said 'the baby's crying' ... and then he started moving his arms, his legs and I got scared, we got very scared," said one member of the family, Liliana Alvarenga.

They rushed him back to the hospital, where doctors put the now breathing and alive newborn into an incubator. He's currently in stable condition. An investigation is underway to find out how such a horrible mistake could have happened.


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