Fabian and Analia Bouter of Argentina went to see their premature baby, who had been pronounced dead 12 hours earlier, at the hospital morgue. What they found was shocking.
The baby, who had been nailed inside a tiny coffin and placed in the refrigerated room, was alive.
“[My husband] used a lever and opened the coffin,” the mother told Bouter, a local Argentinian newspaper.
“This is a message … a miracle,” she told the paper.
The child was named Luz Milagros, which means “miracle light.”
The baby is now in good condition and a full investigation as well as a medical malpractice suit will likely follow.
“Every member of the team that was involved has some responsibility, so they will have to answer for this,” said Rafael Sabatinelli, the undersecretary of health for Argentina’s Chaco province.
Five doctors at Perrando Hospital have been suspended.