Baby survives six hours in morgue after being declared dead

published Oct. 26, 2022, 10:22 a.m. by mariamagboola

A premature baby born at just 23 weeks survived six hours in a morgue refrigerator after wrongly being declared dead.
Undertakers say the newborn started crying and moving when they arrived to to pick up his body and hand it over to his parents for the burial.

Hospital chiefs have now launched an investigation to find out how he ended up in morgue without proper check.

The incredible survival story happened at a hospital called La Margarita in the Mexican city of Puebla. Footage showing the moment the baby’s father watched over the crying tot and urged him to "carry on fighting" and pull through after an emotional reunion is now going viral.

The unnamed baby, born at 4.29am local time on Wednesday, is understood to have been rescued alive around 10am, although one local report pointed to the baby being in the morgue refrigerator for a full six hours.

A Mediacal personnel told local press the baby was still alive but was being kept under observation in an intensive care neonatal unit.

Miguel Angel Flores, the owner of Funeraria Flores, which was the undertakers tasked with picking up what they thought would be a baby's body, said: “When we arrived we realised it was crying and moving. “We called the father over and he also saw it was crying and so we got the doctor who had signed the death certificate to come urgently. The baby was born just after 4am and was found alive around 10am so that’s nearly six hours that it was in the morgue refrigerator. I can’t understand how he didn’t die while he was there. The fridge it was in, is normally used to keep the limbs of amputees. I’ve never experienced anything like this before.”

The unnamed father can be heard telling his son in footage taken shortly after the incredible discovery: “Here I am. Carry on fighting, little one, resist my love. The boy’s crying, he’s still crying, he’s alive. Poor boy, carrying on fighting tiny one. Please God, accompany this little one, stay with him because he’s still alive".
The IMSS in Puebla, a governmental organisation that forms part of the Mexican healthcare system, confirmed that an investigation was underway.

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Mariam Agboola

A graduate of Political Science from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria,had a stint in the teaching profession berfore going to a post graduate Diploma in Journalism. Ever since she has remained in the profession for which she is passionate about and she tells those that care to listen that "it is the best profession in the universe"