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Oddly enough?

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The following was printed in the Reuters News Oddly Enough secion:

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A stillborn Israeli baby who was pronounced dead by doctors “came back to life” on Monday after spending hours in a hospital refrigerator.

The baby, weighing only 600 grams at birth, spent at least five hours inside one of the hospital’s refrigerated storage units, before her parents, who had taken her to be buried, began noticing some movement.

“We unwrapped her and felt she was moving. We didn’t believe it at first. Then she began holding my mother’s hand, and then we saw her open her mouth,” said 26-year-old Faiza Magdoub, the baby’s mother.

The baby was pronounced dead several hours earlier, after doctors at Western Galilee hospital in northern Israel were forced to abort her mother’s pregnancy because of internal bleeding. Magdoub was 23 weeks into her pregnancy.

“We don’t know how to explain this, so when we don’t know how to explain things in the medical world we call it a miracle, and this is probably what happened,” hospital deputy director Moshe Daniel said.

The baby was then taken to the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit for further treatment, but doctors were not sure how long she will live.

Motti Ravid, a professor of internal medicine, told Israel’s Channel 10 that the low temperature inside the cooler had slowed down the baby’s metabolism and likely helped her survive.

(Writing by Avida Landau, Editing by Mike Collett-White)

Is this odd? No.

Is it amazing and what many would call a miracle? Yes.


Written by Steve Miller

August 20, 2008 at 5:33 am

Posted in News, WTF?

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  1. Well, I have to take exception with you… people coming back from the dead is ‘odd.’

    John Lacey

    August 20, 2008 at 10:05 pm

  2. I tend to look for the rational explanation. Was this an example of mammalian diving reflex? Oddities and miracles notwithstanding, I hope this baby is able to survive well after such inauspicious beginning.


    August 29, 2008 at 6:39 pm

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