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Paraguay baby loses fight to live

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A baby who was found alive hours after being declared dead at a hospital in Paraguay has lost his fight for life.

Angel Salvador weighed only only 500g (17.6oz) when he was born four months prematurely last week.

The boy was declared dead by medical staff but discovered to be alive by his father when he was taken home for a funeral wake.

But medical staff said he had now died as his vital organs were not strong enough to survive.

The child was born at a hospital in the capital Asuncion.

Father Jose Alvarenga heard his son crying from the box in which he had been placed after he had first been declared dead.

The head of paediatric care said a doctor had not properly checked the infant's vital signs.

His death was confirmed on Monday.



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