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Baby Found Alive After Being Pronounced Dead at Hospital

Talk about a heartwarming story: A baby girl born on the sidewalk in Toronto during an extreme cold alert was pronounced dead, only to be found with a pulse and revived hours later.

According to Toronto police Const. Wendy Drummond, a 20-year-old pregnant woman and her mother set out for the hospital early Sunday morning despite freezing cold temperatures and snow drifts. “She wasn’t feeling well and her and her mother were walking to the hospital,” Drummond told

Unfortunately their walk was cut short when the young woman started giving birth right there on the sidewalk. The paramedics were called to the site, where they picked up the group and headed to the hospital.

Doctors attempted to revive the baby unsuccessfully and sadly she was pronounced dead. Meanwhile, officers who stayed behind to wait with the baby until the coroner arrived saw an amazing thing an hour and 45 minutes later — the baby actually moved beneath the sheet it had been covered with. They checked her pulse, found it, and immediately called medical professionals who sprung into action.

“There weren’t life-saving measures taken by the officers but it’s very important the officers were there and noticed some movement,” said Drummond. Later she tweeted, “Today two officers experienced something most likely never to happen again in their careers. Truly astonished/pleased baby is doing well.”

So are we!


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02.20.2013 / 05:27 AM EDT by Jo Aaron
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