A premature baby was pronounced stillborn by doctors in Brazil who unwittingly sent the living child off for burial.
The mistake was only discovered as the baby was about to be buried, when the funeral director found that he had a heartbeat just in the nick of time to save his life.
He immediately brought the baby, named Augustus, back to the hospital.
The child was born to an unnamed 18-year-old mother in Ariquemes, in the Brazilian state Rondonia, on Monday, December 27.
Despite seeking medical attention for mysterious pain and bleeding, she was refused treatment by doctors who were reportedly unaware that she was pregnant.While at home, the pain started to increase and she reportedly delivered the baby without medical help.
The baby was born in the fifth month of pregnancy and weighed 1kg (2 lbs 3 oz). It was declared stillborn by the doctors when they went to the hospital.
The funeral director, who has not been named, was called to come to the hospital to take the baby’s body and prepare it for the funeral.
He collected the body at around 3am on Tuesday. A few hours later, while he was carrying out the procedures for the burial, he noticed that the baby sighed and that its heart was beating.
He immediately took the baby to hospital, and the new-born was admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for treatment.
The baby’s health status is currently unclear.
The family and the funeral home have reportedly filed a police report. The investigation is ongoing.
It comes after a newborn baby girl was found alive in a forest with worms and insects crawling all over her.
She had been there for two days and was abandoned with grazes and bruises on her face insects on her skin when villagers found her.
The infant was naked and was lying on banana leaf plants which covered the ground.
They wiped her face and body with leaves and ensured she wasn’t badly hurt.
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She began crying when rescued by villagers and was laid out on the ground as they waited for police and ambulance services to arrive.
When paramedics arrived locals were tending to the new-born at the scene and they avoided carrying her for more than an hour through the night to return to their village in Krabi, Thailand.
She was wrapped in a blanket and put on an ambulance stretcher before being taken to hospital where she was treated for dehydration.