Morgue Miracle Baby Is on the Mend

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For Analia Bouguet the past week has been the very definition of an emotional rollercoaster. First the woman, who lives in Argentina, gave birth in her local hospital to a baby that was born three months premature. The girl was pronounced stillborn immediately. Without allowing Analia to see the baby, they sent her tiny body off to the morgue, where it was stored in a refrigerated room.

Twelve hours later, Analia and her husband were allowed to go in and say their goodbyes to their daughter. After they opened the baby's coffin, here's what Analia says happened:

I moved the coverings aside and saw the tiny hand, with all five fingers, and I touched her hand and then uncovered her face. That's where I heard a tiny little cry. I told myself I was imagining it — it was my imagination. And then I stepped back and saw her waking up. It was as if she was saying "Mama, you came for me!"


Holy moly. That is both a nightmare and a dream come true, all wrapped up into a single moment. As you can imagine, Analia lost it:

That was when I fell to my knees. My husband didn't know what to do. We were just crying and I laughed and cried, cries and laughter. We must have seemed crazy.

A worker from the morgue quickly whisked the extremely cold baby to the neo-natal intensive care unit, where now, a week later, she is in "critical but improving condition."

Of course now everyone wants to know how this happened. Several of the doctors involved have been suspended and are being investigated, and the parents are planning to sue the hospital. But mostly Analia is focused on her newborn girl, who she has named Luz Milagros (which means "Miracle Light"). While she's not totally out of the woods yet, little Luz is reportedly quite strong. She hasn't needed oxygen or other support, which is pretty amazing considering how premature she was and that just a week ago she was pronounced dead.


Argentine 'miracle' morgue baby improving [AP]

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Hey, just FYI, but this kind of thing can possibly happen anywhere. I'm just putting out there because (I know, I should know better) reading some of the comments about this story on various sites this morning, I'm seeing a lot of sneering about the superiority of American healthcare, that this would never happen here.

Argentina has a ways to go, but it's not some 3rd world backwater. The parents in this case live in a very poor rural area of the country and probably received about the same expected level of care that someone in poor Appalachia might receive. It's not indicative of the country as a whole.

/likely useless defensive rant