14/08/2014 12:51 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Baby Pronounced Dead Comes Back To Life In Chapel

Baby pronounced dead comes back to life in chapel

A baby girl pronounced dead at birth 'came back to life' in a hospital chapel three hours later.

The 'body' of Yasmin Gomes was placed in a box and left in a hospital chapel in Londrina, South Brazil. A nurse had placed her there as she 'couldn't face' sending her tiny body to the morgue.

Yasmin's grandmother, Elza Silva, came to collect her body with a mortician, but felt the little girl kick through the box when it was picked up.

She told Globo G1: "At first I couldn't believe it, we couldn't accept that it could happen. Then we saw that she was breathing. We hugged each other and started to shout, 'she's alive, she's alive'. It was a miracle.

"It was an incredibly emotional moment. I began to shake and I couldn't speak, I was overwhelmed with happiness. I called a nurse who at first didn't believe it, she told us they were just spasms. But then the baby opened her eyes."

Yasmin was born alive on Tuesday morning (July 9), but stopped breathing soon after her birth, and was declared dead at 11am.

Nurse Ana Claudia Oliveira, who carried Yasmin to the chapel, said: "She's a little angel, a child. I just couldn't face the thought of her being sent down to the morgue.

"I can assure you, the child was dead. Her pupils didn't respond to light. All her signs pointed to the complete absence of life. I saw it with my own eyes. She was blue all over, completely dead."

Speaking about the moment she was told her baby had survived, Yasmin's mum Jennifer said: "'At first I had no reaction, I didn't know what to think. Then I started to be sick. But after that I couldn't contain my happiness.

"There is no explaining miracles. They happen as God wants. If it was his will that our daughter had died, we would have accepted it, but he brought her back, so there must be a higher purpose in all this."

Doctor Aurelio Filipak, who signed Yasmin's death certificate told reporters: "People can make their own conclusions, but only those who were there know what really happened.

"In 20 years of medicine, I have never witnessed anything like this."

Yasmin's family said they are going to change her name to include Victoria, which is 'victory' in Portuguese.