ASUNCION (WPIX)—A father mourning the loss of his premature baby, who was declared dead by doctors at a hospital in Paraguay, was shocked to learn his infant son was actually alive when he heard him crying from a casket at the funeral service.
The infant was born nearly three months early on Thursday at a state-run hospital in the capital of Asuncion and weighed in at just a little over one pound, reports said.
"Initially, the baby didn't move, he practically didn't have any respiratory reflexes, nor did we hear a heartbeat and, as a result, we declared a premature fetus of 24 weeks dead," Dr. Ernesto Weber told Reuters Television.
Hospital staff reportedly spent an hour trying to revive him after birth but pronounced him dead after not being able to detect any vital signs.
The father, 25-year-old Jose Alvarenga, said he was at the family home for the baby's wake when he started to hear the infant crying.
"I opened the box and took the baby out and he cried," said a family member. "I got scared and I said 'the baby's crying' ... and then he started moving his arms, his legs and I got scared, we got very scared."
The baby's mother, was still recovering in the hospital from the birth and was not home at the time. The infant is now listed in stable condition in the intensive care unit.
The hospital has launched an investigation into the disturbing incident.