Honduras mother discovers her baby is still alive at the funeral

Mother attending her baby girl’s funeral discovers she is still alive when she reaches the church

  • Seven-month old Keilin Johanna Ortiz Montoya was pronounced dead at hospital
  • Ivis Montoya discovered her baby was still breathing at her funeral in Honduras 
  • Keilin was taken to an intensive care unit and is said to be in a serious condition

The mother of a seven-month-old baby declared dead at the hospital discovered her little girl was still alive during her funeral.        

Ivis Montoya realised that her child was still breathing inside a church in the city of San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Baby Keilin Johanna Ortiz Montoya, had been admitted to the Rivas hospital in Villanueva with convulsions, diarrhoea, severe hydration and blistered skin caused by a bacterial infection on August 3.

The mother of seven-month-old Keilin Johanna Ortiz Montoya (pictured above),  who was declared dead at a hospital in Honduras, discovered her little girl was still alive during her funeral

Ivis Montoya (pictured above) realised that her child was still breathing inside a church in the city of San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Despite intensive treatment at the hospital’s paediatric unit, Keilin was pronounced dead three days later on Monday morning at 9am, and the corresponding death certificate was reportedly issued. 

Heartbroken Ivis left the hospital with her supposedly dead baby in her arms and went to a cousin’s house.


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She said: ‘I had no money to get home.’

Following a candle lit vigil during the night Keilin was taken to the church in nearby Dos Caminos for her funeral.

Reluctant to return to the hospital that had declared her baby dead, Ivis rushed to a local clinic and a woman’s support group persuaded her to take the baby back to the paediatric unit

Ivis said that they placed her daughter’s body on a chair in the church because ‘we had no money for a coffin’.

It was at this point that the mother noticed that her daughter was still breathing.

Reluctant to return to the hospital that had declared her baby dead, she rushed to a local clinic.

A death certificate (pictured above)  was reportedly issued to the mother declaring her daughter’s death

Here, medical staff administered the baby with some medicine and a woman’s support group persuaded her to take the baby back to the paediatric unit, according to local media.

Keilin was immediately taken to the intensive care unit where she is said to be in a serious condition. 

The head of the hospital’s Paediatric Department, Elba Campos, said that the incident was being investigated, but that it was too early to reach any conclusions. 

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