Miracle 'Morgue' Baby Survives After Being Sealed in a Coffin for 12 Hours

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Little Luz is only alive today because her parents asked to see her one final time in order to say goodbye. Flickr/Pavel Tcholakov

Born in Buenos Aires, Luz Milagros Veron flew to a provincial hospital closer to her family's home in Chaco, Argentina. Though she is not ready to go home yet, it will be her first time outside of intensive care in four months.

Veron – whose name means "Miracle Light" in Spanish – was born in April. Upon her delivery, doctors pronounced her dead. That would have probably been the most likely outcome: Veron was premature, born an incredible three months early. The baby showed no signs of life. Nearly immediately, she was shipped off to the morgue.

In fact, little Luz is only alive today because her parents asked to see her one final time in order to say goodbye. Her mother brought a camera for the baby's funeral. Her husband, Fabian Veron, struggled to open the lid and stepped aside for her to touch her daughter. After being sealed in a coffin for 12 hours, Luz moved and let out a tiny cry. She was cold as ice, but she was far from dead.

Luz's battle to health has been a long one, but it does appear to be working. She is four months old now, and was able to travel with her mother, Analia Bouter. She has grown larger and become stronger, but doctors say that she is still not ready to go home yet.

Her condition is indeed serious. Hugo Ramos, the deputy director of the hospital in bucolic Resistencia, where she will be cared for, says that she suffered internal bleeding, neurological damage, and still requires a respirator to breathe. Still, she is in stable condition.

After four months, her parents seem very aware about the difficulty of her situation. Speaking with cautious optimism to the Associated Press, Bouter said that they hoped that she would become well enough to care for her, but accepted the challenges. She said that they would see how to prepare the house in order to take care of her.

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