Baby Doctors Declared Dead Saved After He Cried Right Before He Was Cremated

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 21, 2013   |   11:46AM   |   Beijing, China

A newborn baby doctors declared dead in China was found to be alive two days after he was thought to be dead and sent to a funeral home to be cremated.

The case resulted in authorities revoking the license of the doctor who mistakenly declared the newborn boy dead, according to an AP report. The health department in Anhui province issued a statement yesterday saying funeral home workers found the baby to be alive two days after a provincial Children’s Hospital said he had passed away. The baby reportedly had severe physical and medical problems and had been treated at the hospital until Monday, when doctors believed he had died.

The boy reportedly remains in critical condition.

Sun News has more on this story:

A baby boy who had been pronounced dead by doctors at a Chinese hospital was saved from being cremated after he started crying.

The boy, less than a month old, was immediately rushed back to a children’s hospital for treatment, China’s Xinhua News Agency reported.



The child suffers from a congenital respiratory system malformation and was critically ill. On Nov. 12, his parents decided to stop treatments. On Wednesday, the baby was declared dead and a death certificate was issued. The baby was then taken to a funeral home for cremation, but hours later, was discovered crying.

The doctor who was on duty when the death certificate was issued has been suspended.

The case follows one out of Colombia earlier this week. Officials in the capital city of Colombia found a premature baby in a local morgue 10 after doctors declared her dead. Her parents, blown away by the shocking news that their child was still alive, named her Miracles.