In what appears to be nothing short of a miracle, a baby, who was pronounced dead shortly after being born at a hospital in Brazil, came back to life right before she was to be taken to a morgue.
Yasmin Gomes stopped breathing almost immediately after she was born and was declared dead after doctors tried to revive her several times. Her body was placed in a box and moved to the hospital chapel by a nurse who reportedly “couldn’t face sending her to the morgue.”
When Gomes’ grandmother Elza Silva arrived a few hours later to take the body to the morgue, she was shocked to see the baby opening her eyes and kicking her legs.
"At first I couldn't believe it, we couldn't accept that it could happen," Silva said. "Then we saw that she was breathing. We hugged each other and started to shout, 'she's alive, she's alive'. It was a miracle."
Nurse Ana Claudia Oliveira, who was at the birth, said she asked for the baby's body to be laid in the hospital chapel because she was a 'little angel'.
"I can assure you, the child was dead,.” Oliveira said. “Her pupils didn't respond to light. All her signs pointed to the complete absence of life.”
The baby’s mother, 22-year-old Jenifer da Silva Gomes, recalled the moment she was told her daughter had died.
"My world crashed down right then. It was the most desperate moment when all my dreams were snatched away," she told Brazil's Tanosite website.
"I saw it with my own eyes. She was blue all over, completely dead," she added.
Doctor Aurelio Filipak, who desperately tried to save the baby’s life when she stopped breathing and signed her death certificate, said he had never witnessed anything like this in his two decades in medicine.
"People can make their own conclusions, but only those who were there know what really happened," Filipak stated.
Everyone present for the baby’s birth, death and revival are certain they experienced nothing less than a miracle.
The baby’s family said they plan to change her name to include Victoria, which translates to victory in Portuguese.