Father Finds ‘Dead’ Newborn Son Breathing After Opening His Coffin

August 8, 2009

(ChattahBox) — In another of those bizarre tales where someone is pronounced dead but later comes to life, this particular someone is a new born baby. Jose Alvarenga’s son was born prematurely in a state hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay, weighing just over 1 pound and seemingly died right after birth, though medics had tried to revive the baby for an hour before declaring him dead.

Hospital orderlies delivered the premature baby’s body, which had been placed in a temporary coffin, to Mr Alvarenga’s home fours hours later. Shortly afterward, the grieving father opened the coffin to bid an emotional farewell to the infant.

“I opened it to look at his remains and found that the baby was breathing,” Mr Alvarenga recounted (via the Telegraph). “I began to cry.”

He rushed back to the hospital where his partner was still receiving medical treatment, with his unnamed son in his arms and nurses placed the infant in an oxygen chamber.

Doctors are describing the boy’s condition as “stable,” and an investigation has been launched to establish how the blunder was made.

The head of pediatric intensive care at the hospital speculated that the medical staff may not have properly checked the infant’s vital signs, or the pulse may have been too faint to detect.


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