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Colombian baby alive 10 hours after being declared dead

Nov. 18, 2013 at 8:35 AM

BOGOTA, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A premature Colombian baby was found alive by a morgue attendant 10 hours after doctors had declared her dead, officials said. Her parents named her Miracles.

The baby was born last week at a hospital in the Pacific state of Choco and after being declared dead she was sent to the hospital's morgue, Colombia Reports said Friday.

The baby spent several hours in a box in the morgue before her father came to collect the body. At that time, a morgue attendant noticed signs of life -- small movements and soft cries.

Medics rushed the baby to a hospital in Bogota to receive treatment for her underdeveloped lungs, Colombia Reports said.

"In some cases the heart movements are not perceptible even though the newborn is alive, they can declare it dead," said Dr. Javier Zagarra, a specialist whose relationship to the case wasn't reported. "When they wrap the baby in a sheet, upon receiving warmth the baby can then revitalize."

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