A 3-year-old Mexican girl wakes up at her own funeral and dies hours later
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A 3-year-old girl in Mexico was pronounced dead twice earlier this month, after she was found still breathing at her funeral.
The family of Camila Roxana Martínez Mendoza is now suing the hospital involved for negligence, El Universal San Luis Potosí has reported.
Camila was transferred to the Basic Community Hospital of Salinas de Hidalgo for dehydration on August 17. The young woman had vomiting, abdominal pain and fever.
Camila was given paracetamol and discharged from hospital. But Camila’s parents saw her condition deteriorating and a private doctor urged them to re-admit her to the Basic Community Hospital in Salinas de Hidalgo after their own methods did not help.
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Camila’s mother claimed that hospital staff neglected her daughter during her second visit. He said it took a long time to give him oxygen and struggled to give him IV fluids.
“They didn’t put it on him because they couldn’t find his veins. Finally, a nurse managed it,” Mary Jane Peralta told El Universal San Luis Potosí.
Eventually, Camila was taken to a locked room where Mary couldn’t reach her, the traumatized mother claimed. The 3-year-old girl was then pronounced dead at the hospital.
Peralta said that before Camila was taken away, she still felt her daughter’s arms around her.
“She was still hugging me, they took her away and told me: ‘You have to let her rest in peace,'” recalled Peralta.
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At Camila’s funeral the next day, Peralta noticed condensation on the cover of her daughter’s glass casket. Peralta suggested that Camila was still breathing, and other attendees told him that she was passing out in pain.
Camila’s grandmother then noticed that the young woman’s eyes were moving. The “dead” girl reportedly had a heart rate of 97 beats per minute.
Camila was then rushed to a hospital where she was pronounced dead a second time. His heart rate dropped to 35 beats per minute in the ambulance, according to his mother.
The first cause of death was listed as dehydration, while the second was cerebral edema, or brain swelling.
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“I have no grudge against the doctors [who] went to the extreme [measures]” Peralta said of the lawsuit. “I’m just asking that the doctors, nurses and principals be changed so it doesn’t happen again.”
Currently, the Attorney General of the State of San Luis Potosí is investigating the case.