And the award for parents of the year goes to Argentina's Analia Bouter and Fabian Veron, for insisting to see their child one last time after a team of obstetricians, gynecologists and neonatologists told them that their baby girl was stillborn — only to discover that the child was, in fact, alive.
Doctors had told the parents that the baby (who was born three months premature) was dead. Not fifteen minutes after the child was declared stillborn, doctors had whisked her away, placed her inside a wood coffin, nailed that coffin shut, and interred her living, breathing body into a refrigerated morgue, where it sat FOR TWELVE HOURS.
"I started to pry, took a deep breath, and took the top off," said Veron in an interview with Metro. "My wife was the first one to look at the body and she uncovered it slowly," he said.
"She saw the little hand and then uncovered the face. That's when it let the first little cry out."
Hospital authorities are apparently baffled, not only by the initial mistake, but as to how a newborn could possibly survive over 12 hours in a refrigerated room — let alone a baby born three months premature. Asked how the child could possibly have survived for as long as she did, the hospital's director said he had no explanation.
The baby girl is reportedly in recovery, and appears to be in good health. The team of five hospital workers behind what could have been one of the most horrifying screw-ups ever has since been suspended, and is presently under investigation. [Telegraph]