JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A stillborn Israeli baby who was pronounced dead by doctors "came back to life" on Monday after spending hours in a hospital refrigerator.
The baby, weighing only 600 grams at birth, spent at least five hours inside one of the hospital's refrigerated storage units, 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," said 26-year-old Faiza Magdoub, the baby's mother....
A thorny question: How is death properly defined? Clinical death has meant absence of a pulse, & now I understand legal death is a flat brainwave or thereabouts. But even this is arbitrary (though perhaps expedient), since lack of a brainwave doesn't imply an inactive mind. It is just as well Jesus was in the tomb three days instead of one.
Scripture very often uses the term "death" metaphorically to mean lack of spiritual regeneration.
16 raped&pregnant but I still love MY BABY The only person who pleaded with her to at least consider having the child was her mother, Sarah. 'Even at 22 months, she can wrap me round her little finger,' admits Sarah, 53, who owns a property leasing business. 'Having her in my life is such a joy. From the first time I held her in my arms, I have had this fierce bond with her, a connection which started even before she was born.
'She looks like me when I was her age, and I feel strongly that she was meant to be a part of our family.'
'Everyone, save for mum, thought I should have an abortion,' she says. 'My dad even made an appointment at the clinic,and they showed me the little blob on the scan, I presume, to convince me that it was just a mass of cells and the whole thing would be over quickly.
'But I couldn't go through with it. 'At school, my friends - most of whom didn't even know about the rape - couldn't understand why anyone my age would want to have a baby rather than an abortion. 'But I did. And I don't regret it for a moment. Every time I look at Phoebe, I know I made the right decision. I never wanted to end my baby's life.."