'Dead' baby found in morgue

SPAIN - A premature baby who had been declared dead was found alive 12 hours later in the morgue, a health official in north-eastern Argentina said.

The parents of the baby,who is in serious condition, were going to name her Luciana Abigail but have changed their minds and are calling her Luz Milagros (Spanish for "miracles").

The new born was found to be alive after her mother insisted on seeing the baby's body at the Hospital Perrando, in the city of Resistencia, Mr Rafael Sabatinelli, the health undersecretary of the province, said on Tuesday.

Mrs Analia Bouter, the baby's mother, said: "At night, I went with my husband to where the little box (coffin) was.A man pried it open.

"I suddenly heard a whimper. She was all covered up and full of something that looked like frost."

Mrs Bouter said she "stepped back and fell to my knees" after she "saw the baby stretching".

"My baby was born at 10.24am and at 11.05am was already in the drawer (in the morgue).

"She spent 12 hours in the freezing cold of that morgue. I saw for myself the ice on her body."

She said her pregnancy was normal until she suddenly went into early labour on April 3.

"I don't know who is to blame, and I'm not thinking about it at this moment," the Daily Mail quoted her as saying. "The joy of knowing she's alive is covering every other feeling. I'm a Christian,and I believe this was a miracle of God."

Mr Sabatinelli said an investigation has been opened to determine who was responsible for mistakenly pronouncing the baby dead, AFP reported.

Five people, including doctors and nurses, have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation, he said.

"The baby is gravely ill, in critical condition," the official said, explaining that the infant was born prematurely and weighs only 800g.