- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 11, 2013

A baby girl who was pronounced dead just after birth and carried into the hospital chapel by a nurse who was too sad to send her to the morgue, made what could be called a most miraculous recovery — she “came back to life,” witnesses said.

A nurse had put the body of baby Yasmin Gome, born in Brazil, in a small box and left it on the altar in the chapel, The Sun reported. The baby’s grandmother and a mortician came to retrieve the body about three hours later, but they got the shock of their lives when the baby suddenly kicked her leg and opened her eyes, The Sun said.

The grandmother, Elza Silva, said in the report: “At first, I couldn’t believe it. We couldn’t accept that it could happen. Then we saw that she was breathing. We hugged each other and started to shout, ‘She’s alive, she’s alive.’ It was a miracle.”

The baby was born alive but stopped breathing and died moments later, hospital records stated. Doctors tried to revive her but couldn’t. The mother, Jenifer da Silva Gomes, 22, said she was devastated when she learned of the doctors’ failure.

“My world crashed down right then,” she said, as The Sun reported. “It was the most desperate moment when all my dreams were snatched away.”

The nurse who carried away the body said the little girl’s body had even turned blue. But three hours later, the little girl was alive and well, rated in stable condition by amazed doctors.

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“In 20 years of medicine, I have never witnessed anything like this,” a doctor said in The Sun.

Family members, meanwhile, are rejoicing. They’re also planning to change the girl’s name to Victoria, which means “victory” in Portuguese.

The mother said in The Sun article: “There is no explaining miracles. They happen as God wants. If it was his will that our daughter had died, we would have accepted it, but he brought her back, so there must be a higher purpose in all this.”

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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