An Argentinian mom was given the devastating news that her baby had died shortly after giving birth to a daughter at just 26 weeks gestation. The heartbroken parents were in shock and were not allowed to see their child before she was taken away. And when they asked to see the baby before the funeral so they could take a picture, that’s when they got the surprise of a lifetime.
Analia Bouguet and her husband went to the morgue of the Hospital Perrando in Resistencia, Argentina where their daughter had been for the past 12 hours to say their final goodbyes. Mr. Bouguet cautiously opened the tiny coffin for his wife and then turned away. Mrs. Bouguet touched her daughter’s hand and then thought she saw imagined she saw the baby tremble.
And then a beautiful thing happened: the baby let out a tiny cry.
Mrs. Bouguet fell to her knees in shock. Bouguet’s brother quickly scooped up the baby and ran as fast as he could to the hospital neo-natal unit while calling out to doctors. After 12 hours of being in a refrigerated morgue, the baby was very cold, “It was like carrying a bottle of ice.”
Mrs. Bouguet, a mom of four already still doesn’t know exactly why the hospital never let her see her baby before they took her away. She says she was given a death certificate twenty minutes after the baby was born, and recalled how she didn’t think what happened was real:
“I moved the coverings aside and saw the tiny hand, with all five fingers, and I touched her hand and then uncovered her face. That’s where I heard a tiny little cry. I told myself I was imagining it — it was my imagination. And then I stepped back and saw her waking up. It was as if she was saying ‘Mama, you came for me! That was when I fell to my knees. My husband didn’t know what to do. We were just crying and I laughed and cried, cries and laughter. We must have seemed crazy.”
I shudder to think of what would have happened if she hadn’t insisted on seeing the baby on last time.
The baby girl is still in critical condition but is improving. So far, she hasn’t needed oxygen or other support commonly provided to preemies, says Mrs. Bouguet.
The newborn was named Luz Milagros, which means appropriately enough, ‘miracle light’.
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