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Newborn baby declared dead, later found alive

It's not known what role, if any, hypothermia played in the case

CBC News

TORONTO — A Toronto hospital will undertake a review of its procedures after a newborn baby girl was declared dead and left under a sheet, despite the fact that the infant was actually alive.

The call for a review comes just a day after a Toronto mother went into labour and gave birth outdoors while walking to Humber River Regional Hospital on Sunday morning.

Full story: Newborn baby declared dead, later found alive

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Roy Carter Roy Carter Wednesday, February 20, 2013 5:19:23 AM Wow.
Todd Soard Todd Soard Wednesday, February 20, 2013 5:43:55 AM Agreed; Not dead unless warm and dead.
Danielle Douglas Ostrum Danielle Douglas Ostrum Wednesday, February 20, 2013 9:56:21 AM I am a Basic EMT and I know that....You are NOT dead until you are warm and dead...I feel bad for the family to have to suffer through this.
RicknAdrienne Wimmer RicknAdrienne Wimmer Wednesday, February 20, 2013 11:24:59 AM Crazy this baby did not need hyperthermic induction go baby!! But it will be interesting to see the staff story on the apgar score and why if or if not resutation was even a factor.
Leslie Marvin-Stevens Leslie Marvin-Stevens Wednesday, February 20, 2013 11:57:01 AM Hopefully we get to hear how the review goes and what is decided on who dropped the ball.
Steve Henderson Steve Henderson Saturday, February 23, 2013 1:15:52 PM This is a hospital issue and not an EMS issue. Toronto EMS is assisting with the ongoing investigation by the hospital and Ministry of Health.
Kirsten Houseknecht Kirsten Houseknecht Saturday, February 23, 2013 7:24:10 PM geesh, I just HANG AROUND with EMS folks and I knew the "they are not dead until they are warm and dead" mantra.. and this is TORONTO? I wonder sometimes whether its really stupidity or they just figured the poor girl's baby wasnt worth it.
Sabra A Ludwig Sabra A Ludwig Saturday, February 23, 2013 10:42:20 PM That mother, while originally devastated, must have been relieved.

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