Premature baby declared dead found to be alive by funeral director

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A premature baby born at home and declared stillborn by a doctor was found to be alive while being prepared for burial when a funeral director found a heartbeat.

The 18-year-old mother, who has not been named, asked for medical help in the municipality of Ariquemes, in the Brazilian state of Rondonia, on Monday (local time).

The mother was unaware of the pregnancy and went to hospital twice after feeling severe pain, local media reported.

According to her family, she was sent back home on both occasions by the medical staff who reportedly did not notice she was pregnant.

The baby in Brazil inside an incubator flanked by hospital staff after a funeral director detected a heartbeat.
A baby declared dead has been found to be alive by a funeral director. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

While at home, the pain started to increase and she reportedly delivered the baby without medical help.

The baby was born at five months and weighed one kilogram. It was declared stillborn by doctors when she and her newborn went to hospital.

A funeral director, who has not been named, was called to the hospital to take the baby's body and prepare it for burial.

He collected the body about 3am on Tuesday. A few hours later, while he was carrying out the procedures for the burial, he noticed the baby sighed and its heart was beating.

He immediately took the baby to hospital and the newborn was admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for treatment.

The baby's health status and gender is currently unknown.

The family and the funeral home have reportedly filed a police report. The investigation is ongoing.

– Australscope

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