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It sounds like a horror story. First, your newborn baby is pronounced dead. Then when you ask to see the body of your child to say farewell, her coffin is opened – and she cries. This really happened this past week in Argentina. A newborn baby stayed alive inside a morgue refrigerator for 12 hours straight.
The baby was born premature after only being carried for 26 weeks during birth. The doctors had trouble finding the babies vital signs after she was born. She wasn’t dead, just mostly dead.
Hearing this horrific and miraculous story all I can think about is Billy Crystal as Miracle Max from Princess Bride. The man in black, thought to be dead, is brought to him by Inigo Montoya for a miracle.
Miracle Max: [Lifts and drops the arm of the dead Westley] I’ve seen worse.
Inigo Montoya: He’s dead. He can’t talk.
Miracle Max: Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive. With all dead, well, with all dead there’s usually only one thing you can do.
That one thing to do is open up the coffin! It’s a miracle this tiny baby wasn’t all dead. Only mostly dead.
A miracle indeed. A higher power intervened. What if the parents hadn’t asked to see their baby one more time? She would have died with no one knowing she was only mostly dead. A miracle. That a baby born premature and pronounced dead could survive 12 hours in a refrigerator. She’s a fighter for sure.
I hope she goes from mostly dead to wonderfully alive for a long, long time.
Kelly Barnes says
Marvelous story, thanks.
The Princess Bride has to be one of the greatest adultkid’s movies ever. Billy Crystal did a great job.
Kelly, I agree! I think the movie is classic – and I must know every line! Wonderful to enjoy now with my son. Thanks for stopping!
Catherine Stine says
Yipes, that almost dead baby story was chilling. Have you heard the phrase Dead Ringer? Well, way back when, people attached strings or ropes to the inside of a coffin, in case someone was buried alive they could pull the string and ring a bell to alert a person who was above ground!
Catherine, yes I had hear of that! Can you imagine we still need such a contraption…and can you imagine walking past a graveyard and hearing that bell? Something to put in a book…now I’m thinking about that. chilling indeed!
Patricia Stoltey says
This story was shocking and uplifting at the same time. I hope that baby grows up to be happy and healthy.
Mina B says
Completely miraculous story. I can’t even imagine. Lovely post!