Baby declared dead wakes up in coffin

A doctor who certified dead a Mexican baby which later revived in its coffin has been charged with homicide.

A doctor who certified dead a Mexican baby which later revived in its coffin has been charged with homicide.

Dr Jenny Gijon, who declared the premature infant girl dead in early August, faces homicide, abuse and misconduct charges, said Jose Rodriguez, the attorney general of Hidalgo state.

During the wake, the baby’s parents heard a strange noise coming out of her little coffin and when they opened it found the baby crying. The baby was taken to hospital, but died three days later of asphyxia.

Mr Rodriguez said the death caused “great indignation and anger”.

Another doctor, Dario Davila, who allegedly hired Gijon improperly to take over his shifts at the hospital, faces charges of abuse of authority and misconduct, as does the hospital’s former director, his assistant and the head of the obstetrics department.

Doctors in Mexico often receive more money from private practice, but sometimes also keep themselves on the payrolls of state-run hospitals.

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