An Argentine baby who was who survived 12 hours in a hospital morgue after her April birth is now four months old and closer to coming home.
Luz Milagros Veron - whose name translates to “Miracle Light” in English - was flown with her mother Analia Bouter on Thursday to a pediatric hospital closer to her home in provincial Chaco after months in intensive care in Buenos Aires.
The baby showed no signs of life when she was born three months premature in April, according to doctors, and she was quickly sent to the morgue. She’s alive today because her parents insisted on seeing her body to say goodbye. After 12 hours inside a sealed coffin, she moved and let out a tiny cry. She was cold as ice, but far from dead.
Since then, Luz Milagros has grown and become stronger, but she isn’t ready to go home yet.
Hugo Ramos, the deputy director of the hospital in provincial Resistencia where she will now be cared for, said she suffered neurological damage, still has internal bleeding and remains on a respirator. She’s in stable but very serious condition, Ramos said, according to Argentina’s Diarios y Noticias news agency.
Bouter acknowledged the challenges but expressed hope her daughter would improve enough to take her home. “In the future we’ll see how to prepare the house to receive her,” she said.
Last April, Boutin insisted on going to the morgue’s refrigeration room, where she brought her sister’s cell phone to snap a picture of the newborn for the funeral. Her husband had trouble opening the lid, and then stepped aside to let his wife see inside.
“I moved the coverings aside and saw the tiny hand, with all five fingers, and I touched her hand and then uncovered her face,” Boutin said at the time in TeleNoticias interview. “That’s where I heard a tiny little cry. I told myself I was imagining it - it was my imagination. And then I stepped back and saw her waking up. It was as if she was saying ‘Mama, you came for me!”