A couple in Argentina got the shock of their lives last week when they discovered their "stillborn" premature daughter still alive in the coffin hospital workers had placed her in.
Analia Bouter and her husband, Fabian Veron, say they have lots of questions for the hospital--located in Resistencia--such as why they gave her general anesthesia and why her baby was taken from her so quickly after being born. She says the nurses didn't even let her see little Luz Milagros ("Miracle Light") before taking her down to the morgue and putting her in a coffin, which is where Bouter discovered her alive--barely--some 12 hours later when she went to say her last goodbyes and take a photo for the funeral.
"I moved the coverings aside and saw the tiny hand, with all five fingers, and I touched her hand and then uncovered her face," Bouter said. "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!'
The family is taking steps to sue the hospital for malpractice; deputy health minister Rafael Sabatinelli announced yesterday in a news conference that five medical professionals have been suspended and that an investigation has been launched.
The baby is amazingly healthy considering she was born after just 26 weeks of gestation; a normal pregnancy involves around 40 weeks. Bouter says Luz is getting stronger every day.