London, Aug 19 : An Israeli baby declared dead by doctors 'came back to life' after spending five hours in a hospital's morgue refrigerator.
The baby was pronounced dead several hours earlier, after doctors at Western Galilee hospital in northern Israel were forced to abort her mother Faiza Magdoub's pregnancy because of internal bleeding.
Magdoub was in the fifth month of her pregnancy.
The baby, weighing only 600 grams at birth, spent at least five hours inside one of the hospital's morgue refrigerators, before her parents, who had taken her to be buried, began noticing some movement.
"We unwrapped her and felt she was moving. We didn't believe it at first. Then she began holding my mother's hand, and then we saw her open her mouth," the Telegraph quoted Magdoub, as saying.
Hospital deputy director Moshe Daniel said: "We don't know how to explain this, so when we don't know how to explain things in the medical world we call it a miracle, and this is probably what happened."
"We've informed the Health Ministry and I guess they'll appoint a commission of inquiry. The hospital will ask for an external investigation of the case," Daniel added.
Motti Ravid, a professor of internal medicine, told Israel's Channel 10 that the low temperature inside the cooler had slowed down the baby's metabolism and likely helped her survive.