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Baby supposedly dead escapes cremation by crying

by | Nov 21, 2013

By Dave Andrusko

ChinamapMedia stories coming out of China report that a funeral home in Eastern China discovered Wednesday that a baby who’d been declared dead two days before was actually alive. The reason he was not cremated alive? He started crying!

Hospital sources told Xinhua, the official press agency of the Chinese Communist Party, that “The parents of the critically-ill boy, who was less than one month old, had agreed to end his medical treatment at Anhui Provincial Children’s Hospital in eastern China.” A death certificate was issued, the baby was sent to undertakers in the provincial capital of Hefei, but fortunately the little one began to cry.

The Beijing News and other news outlets reported today that the baby was then immediately sent back to the hospital. “Because the baby still had life signs, we continued to give him transfusion to maintain his life for humanitarian reasons,” a hospital staff member told Xinhua.

Agence France Presse reported that the baby was receiving treatment as of late Wednesday.

What remains unclear is how long the baby had been at the funeral parlor or when his cremation was scheduled. Also, buried in the stories is that the baby had been born with a “congenital respiratory system malformation.” What role, if any, that played in the parents’ or the hospital’s decision was not addressed.

Xinhua also reported that the hospital said “A doctor was suspended, a nursing worker laid off and an investigation launched into the incident.”

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Categories: China