Wails From Graveyard Reveal Day-Old Baby Girl Was Not Dead

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Dhaka: A new-born baby girl in Bangladesh who was declared dead by doctors started crying out while being buried, media reports said on Sunday.

Galiba Hayat, the first child of district cricket team player Najmul Huda and his advocate wife Naznin Akhter, was born on Thursday in Faridpur, about 140 km from the Bangladeshi capital.

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Two hours after her birth, doctors at the hospital pronounced her dead after which she was taken to a graveyard for burial, bdnews24 reported.
The caretaker of the graveyard asked her relatives to return on Friday morning for the burial as the ‘presumed’ dead newborn spent the night in a carton at the graveyard.

However, just when all formalities were completed for her burial, she began crying.

Immediately, she was rushed to a nearby hospital from where doctors referred her to Dhaka.

The baby’s grandfather Abdul Kalam said, “Doctors had referred her to Dhaka on Thursday itself but we could not do so owing to financial condition.

“On Saturday, a person who is unwilling to reveal his identity, expressed his desire to bear the cost of her treatment and arranged for her to be taken to Dhaka’s Square Hospital for treatment by helicopter,” he said.

“The newborn is in a serious condition as she was born 24 weeks into the pregnancy and weighs 700 grams. So she was sent for intensive care treatment to Dhaka. If she gets good care, good results may be expected,” Faridpur Sadar Hospital Head of Paediatrics Dr Khondokar Mohamed Abdullah said.

After the news spread, people turned out in large numbers to wish speedy recovery for the baby.

PTI

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