I can't even begin to imagine the emotions of a couple in Mexico who have lost their baby twice this week.
First, the baby was born prematurely and declared dead by a doctor. But after the baby was placed in a coffin and a funeral was underway, the parents heard sounds of crying coming from within and found their baby alive.
"I opened it to look at his remains and found that the baby was breathing," the father, Jose Alvarenga, told the Telegraph. "I began to cry."
The baby girl was then said to be in stable condition, and it was one of those amazing stories of hope and overwhelming joy for the family.
Until it wasn't ...
Three days later, the baby was pronounced dead again.
The Associated Press reports that the doctor who originally declared the baby's death is under investigation.
I should hope so. How can a doctor mistake a living being, one who is strong enough to cry out loud even, for one who is dead? Did he think the baby would be better off dead, or was he just careless?
For a family to be put through such tragedy and emotional upheaval twice is unconscionable.
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