On Sunday, a 20-year-old young woman gave birth to a baby girl outdoors in temperatures around zero degrees Farenheit in Toronto while attempting to walk with the help of her mother to Humber River Hospital.
Hospital staff attempted to resuscitate the baby shortly after, but pronounced her dead.
While waiting for the coroner, two Toronto police officers noticed movement under the sheet covering the baby almost two hours later. They immediately alerted the hospital’s staff.
The mother and her baby are both in stable condition.
Hospital officials believe that hypothermia caused not only the mix-up, but also contributed to the baby’s survival. Although hypothermia can mimic death and shut down major organs, the cold also preserve cells and tissue.
Because of similar events worldwide, medical officials typically don’t declare a patient dead unless he or she is “warm and dead.”
The hospital is investigating the incident.