Argentine 'Miracle Baby' Found Alive in Morgue

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An Argentine baby who was discovered to be alive after spending 12 hours in the morgue is being called a miracle.

When the baby girl was born three months premature, hospital staff told her parents she showed no signs of life.

The infant was declared dead and her body was taken from the delivery room to a refrigerated hospital morgue. The hospital even issued a death certificate.

The girl's mother, Analia Bouter, said she insisted on telling her baby one last goodbye.
When the parents pried open the box that held their infant and uncovered the baby's hands and face, they heard a whimper and their little girl moved.

After several moments of disbelief, Bouter realized her daughter was alive.

Medical experts say the refrigerated morgue helped keep her alive.

"The temperature lowering so quickly actually acted to protect the baby because now the baby had fewer needs, because the brain didn't need as much oxygen," Dr. Lisa Therber, a pediatrician, explained.

Her parents believe a divine factor came into play. They've named their girl Luz Milagros, which translates to "Miracle Light."

The infant is now in intensive care, but doctors say her condition is good. She weighs in at only two and a half pounds.

Meanwhile, the medical professionals responsible for placing the baby in the morgue have been suspended pending an investigation.

"I don't have an explanation for what happened, but if there is culpability, we'll see what we'll do," Rafael Sabatinelli, deputy secretary of health in the Chaco region, told CNN.

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