Baby Who Doctors Declared Dead Comes to Life After Placing Her on Church Altar

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 18, 2013   |   12:24PM   |   Washington, DC

A little girl who doctors declared dead after she was born prematurely has come back to life after she was placed on a church altar.

Brazilian media indicate Yasmin Gomes was born prematurely at 2.6 pounds this month and stopped breathing soon after and they declared her dead and issued a death certificate.
Jenifer Gomes da Silva, Yasmin’s mother, said, “My world crashed down right then. It was the most desperate moment when all my dreams were snatched away.”

A nurse Ana Claudia Oliveira, asked hospital officials to send the baby’s body to a local church instead of the hospital morgue, and church authorities placed the baby’s body on the church altar. Three hours later, the baby came alive.

From a news report with more details:

The nurse assisting with the pregnancy, Ana Claudia Oliveira, decided against shipping the infant off to the morgue, so she had Yasmin dressed in a burial gown and placed her in the chapel because she was a “little angel,” International Business Times reported.

“I can assure you, the child was dead. Her pupils didn’t respond to light. All her signs pointed to the complete absence of life,” said Oliveira.

“I saw it with my own eyes. She was blue all over, completely dead.”

After unsuccesful attempts to bring the child back, Doctor Aurelia Filipak said what happened next was unlike anything he has seen in his 20 years of medicine.



Elza Silva, grandmother of Yasmin, was on her way to the chapel in order to transfer her presumably dead granddaughter to the morgue when, in her eyes, a miracle took place. Yasmin, who was pronounced dead by doctors just three hours before, opened her eyes and began kicking.

“At first I couldn’t believe it, we couldn’t accept that it could happen,” Silva explained to Brazil’s Globo G1.

“Then we saw that she was breathing. We hugged each other and started to shout, ‘she’s alive, she’s alive.'”

When Oliveira stopped to consider medical explanations, she decided there were none — simply put, it was a miracle.