Dead Baby Found Alive | ¿Milagro o Farca?

Miracle or farce?

The child's doctors? (Photo: understory.ran.org)

The child's doctors? (Photo: understory.ran.org)

How is it that a country that is the world’s third largest exporter of chalk boards and a significant beef exporter make such a mistake? Are their doctors working with Fisher Price tools? How can a dead baby be found alive… during the child’s funeral?

That’s right: premature baby declared dead wakes up before funeral

Sure, Paraguay is a developing nation (not the poorest in South America, just the second poorest), but I’m sure its doctors have the ability to detect a heartbeat. If they need money, perhaps no fax payday loans and cash advances are in order.

Here’s what happened

And this is how the London Daily Mail tells it. A baby boy who was born prematurely was declared dead at a state-run hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay after doctors could detect no discernible heartbeat. Father Jose Alvarenga was told that the child died shortly after it was born. So the family decided to take their lifeless son home to perform a funeral for the son that never had a chance to live. Hospital staff delivered the body to the home hour fours later.

Then the extraordinary occurred

At the wake, Jose Alvarenga opened the boy’s coffin to say goodbye to the son he didn’t have the chance to get to know.

Or so he thought.

“I opened it to look at his remains and found that the baby was breathing,” Mr Alvarenga told the Daily Mail. “I began to cry.”

¡Milagro!

What some would consider a miracle, I call medical malpractice by Paraguayan doctors.

Jose Alvarenga immediately brought his young son back to the hospital, where the child was inserted into an oxygen chamber. The child is now considered to be in stable condition.

“This is a very unusual case,” said Ernesto Weber, head of pediatric intensive care at the hospital/Play Doh factory. The doctor in charge of pronouncing the infant dead is believed not to have properly checked the child’s vital signs. That doctor is currently being investigated.

But what about the medics?

Aida Notario, another doctor at the hospital, claims that medics tried to revive the infant boy for an hour. “His pulse was so low that it was undetectable,” he said. According to medical records, the baby weighed only 1.1 pounds, which makes it the smallest known newborn baby on record.

There’s precedent for this kind of thing?

According to the London Daily Mail, there’s been precedent for this kind of thing, within their own readership area. In 2007, a baby boy in Leeds returned to life a half hour after his doctors had pronounced him dead. However, it wasn’t a newborn. This two-week-old child, Woody Lander, had suffered a heart attack. And Leeds General Infirmary could not revive him. This is a hospital in a highly developed industrialized nation.

Parents Jon and Karen were given the child so they could say goodbye. In 30 minutes, Woody coughed and the doctors were quickly summoned so they could restart his heart. Amazing.

My heart goes out to the parents

If I’d experienced such a thing with either of my children, I can’t imagine how I’d handle it. No fax payday loans and cash advances couldn’t buy me the kind of sanity I’d need.

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