Baby 'Dead' for 2 Days Wakes Up Crying

Chinese newborn saved from cremation
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2013 10:26 AM CST
Chinese newborn saved from cremation.   (?)

(Newser) – Yet another bizarre case of a "dead" baby waking up, this time in eastern China. The child had been born last month with severe deformities (a congenital respiratory system malformation, per the AFP; the People's Daily says he entered the hospital nearly a month ago with pneumonia and cerebral injuries). His parents opted to end his medical treatment on Monday, and the child was declared dead, according to hospital sources. He was then taken to a funeral parlor in Anhui Province, where he was to be cremated. That is until the staff yesterday heard him cry.

He was then rushed to the hospital, where, because he "still had life signs, we continued to give him transfusion to maintain his life for humanitarian reasons," says a hospital staffer, per Xinhua. He is in critical condition, reports the AP. An investigation has been opened, and a member of the investigating team tells the People's Daily that "the extremely feeble heartbeat and breath would only have been detected by medical equipment." Still, the doctor who declared him dead has lost his license, per the AP, having been deemed negligent. (This has happened more than once before.)

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