A baby boy in China who was pronounced dead woke up crying after spending the night in a morgue at -12C, only moments before he was due to be cremated.
The boy, named An An, is now battling for his life in an intensive care unit at the Pan’an People’s Hospital.
It’s believed he was born prematurely in a local hospital on January 8, and weighed just 49 ounces.
But after spending 23 days in an incubator, his family decided to take him home for the Chinese New Year – where his condition continued to deteriorate.
After returning to hospital for emergency treatment, the boy suffered a fatal heart attack – before being eventually sent to the Pan’an Funeral hom
e on February 4.
Describing the moment that the boy’s cries were heard in the funeral home, a worker said: ‘As soon as I pulled him out of the morgue, I thought I heard noises. When I pushed him to the crematory, the noises became louder.
‘I opened the container and saw him moving, so I told the father the baby was still alive.’
Doctors at the Pan’an People’s Hospital have since described the boy’s survival as a miracle.
Doctor Chen, the hospital’s head of paediatrics, said: ‘I have been a paediatrician for over 20 years. I’ve never seen anything like this.’