A premature baby who was pronounced dead “came back to life” Sunday after five hours in Nahariya in northern Israel.
The baby girl, who was in a cooler at the hospital, suddenly showed signs of life and was being treated in the
premature baby unit. Doctors estimated that the cooler brought the fetus “back to life.”
The mother, 26, from a Western Galilee village, was in the fifth month of her pregnancy when she underwent a series of tests, during which it was discovered that she was suffering from internal bleeding and that the fetus had ceased to show signs of life.
The woman underwent an abortion and the baby, weighing 610 grams, was extracted from her womb without a pulse, hospital officials said. A senior doctor pronounced the baby dead and she was transferred to the cooler.
Five hours later, the woman’s husband came to the hospital to take what he thought was his dead baby girl for burial.
When the baby was taken out of the cooler, she began to breathe. The premature baby was then taken to the intensive care ward, where doctors were attempting to save her life.