Premature baby declared 'stillborn' found to be alive while being prepared for burial

An 18-year-old woman gave birth to the baby after being turned away twice from hospital in Ariquemes, Rondonia, Brazil. However, doctors told her that the child was stillborn

The baby was thought dead by doctors, but a funeral home found the tot was still alive (

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A home-born premature baby who had been declared stillborn by a doctor was found alive while preparing for the funeral when the undertaker detected a heartbeat.

The unnamed 18-year-old mother asked for medical help on Monday, December 27, in the community of Ariquemes in the Brazilian state of Rondonia.

Local media reports that the mother did not know about the pregnancy and had to go to hospital twice with severe pain.

Her family said she was sent home by the paramedics on both occasions, who reportedly failed to notice that she was pregnant.

At home the pain began to increase and she is believed to have given birth to the baby without medical assistance.

The baby was born in the fifth month of pregnancy and weighed 1 kg. It was declared stillborn by the doctors when they went to the hospital.

On the death certificate, the baby was born dead



The unnamed undertaker was called to the hospital to take the baby’s body and prepare it for the funeral.

He picked up the body at around 3 a.m. on Tuesday. A few hours later, while he was going through the burial procedures, he noticed that the baby was sighing and his heart was beating.

He immediately took the baby to the hospital and the newborn was taken to the neonatal intensive care unit for treatment.

The baby’s health is currently unclear. Their gender is also unclear.

A funeral director discovered the toddler was still alive after hearing a sigh



The family and the funeral home have reportedly filed charges. The investigation continues.

It comes after a newborn baby girl is found alive in a forest with worms and insects crawling over her.

She had been there for two days and was exposed to bugs on her skin with abrasions and bruises on her face when the villagers found her.

The infant was naked and lay on banana leaf plants that covered the ground.

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They wiped her face and body with leaves and made sure she wasn’t badly injured.

When she was rescued by villagers, she started crying and was placed on the ground while they waited for the police and ambulance to arrive.

When paramedics arrived, locals were tending to the newborn baby at the scene and avoiding carrying it through the night for more than an hour to return to their village in Krabi, Thailand.

She was wrapped in a blanket and placed on an ambulance stretcher before being taken to the hospital where she was treated for dehydration.

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