Monday, August 18, 2008

Now, They Leave Them in the Morgue?

Just two weeks ago, a child was left behind at the Ben-Gurion Airport by the parents (and check this one out: in Vancouver).

Now, it seems, doctors left a newborn infant in the...morgue.

Baby pronunced dead comes back to life minutes before burial

Early Monday morning, a 26-year-old pregnant woman arrived at the Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya suffering from severe pains and hemorrhage. A preliminary examination found that the fetus had no pulse, and the woman was rushed to the operating room to have the fetus removed. At the end of the procedure, a baby girl weighing 610 grams was retrieved. Showing no signs of life, she was pronounced dead by a senior doctor and taken to the morgue freezer.

Hours later, when she was taken out to be prepared for burial, he mother noticed she was moving. She was rushed to the hospital's intensive care department, where she is fighting for her life.

The baby's father, Ali Majdub, had harsh criticism for the conduct of the hospital...The father described how his wife realized the child was alive after asking to see her dead daughter one last time.

"When I came to the morgue to collect her, her body was wrapped up," he continued. "Then my wife, out of an inexplicable impulse, asked to see her again. At first, I didn't want to break her heart, but then I went up. When I got there, she realized she was moving."

Hospital director Dr. Massad Barhoum said the baby was breathing on her own. But he said her chances of survival are very, very slim because she was prematurely born in the 23rd week.

"There was one miracle, and we're hoping for another one," he said.


No Miracle

The funeral of the premature baby who died in Nahariya Hospital early Tuesday morning will be held on Tuesday at noon in the Kfar Yasif cemetery.

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