'Stillborn' Argentine baby found alive in morgue
- 10 April 2012
- From the section Latin America & Caribbean
A premature Argentine baby has been found alive in a morgue, 12 hours after she was pronounced dead, reports say.
Mother Analia Bouter was told her baby was stillborn after she gave birth in a hospital in the northern Chaco region.
But she said when she and her husband visited the morgue 12 hours later and opened the coffin, they found their daughter was breathing.
They have named her Luz Milagros - which means miracles - because of the way she came into the world.
The incident in the city of Perrando happened a week ago, but has just been made public by local health officials.
Chaco province undersecretary for health Rafael Sabatinelli called the case "disgraceful" and promised a full investigation.
"Every member of the team that was involved has some responsibility, so they will have to answer for this," he told local media.
Ms Bouter was just six months pregnant when she went to give birth at the Perrando hospital in the city of Resistencia.
She says medical staff told her the baby showed no sign of life when she was born.
"That night I went with my husband to where the coffin was and he opened it up," she told reporters.
"Immediately I heard her cry".
The baby did not need resuscitation and is reported to be in good health.