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Baby Saved From Being Buried Alive Later Dies at Hospital

August 6, 2011

Baby saved from being buried alive when undertaker heard her crying

SAO PAULO – A newborn girl was saved from being buried alive when she started crying at a funeral home, but she died Wednesday after being rushed back to a hospital, medical officials said.

A 14-year-old mother who was seven months pregnant gave birth to the girl Tuesday at the Santa Casa de Misericordia hospital in the nearby city of Araxa, according to a police statement.

It said the hospital reported that the baby died moments after being born and her body was sent to a funeral home. As the undertaker was preparing it for burial, the girl started crying.

The baby was rushed back to the hospital and was then transferred to a neonatal intensive care unit at the Hospital das Clinicas in the city of Uberaba.

“She died of multiple organ failure caused by a lack of oxygen in the blood,” said Joao Paulo Vicente, a spokesman for the Hospital das Clinicas, speaking by telephone.

Neither police nor the hospitals released the names of the mother or child.

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