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Parents discover their stillborn babies are alive four months after birth

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 29 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:248
  1. Romania Ioana Vlad
  1. Iasi

    Two babies born alive were declared dead at the Ploiesti maternity hospital in Prahova county, Romania. Almost four months after the parents were informed that their babies had died, the local authorities asked them to go back to the maternity hospital and take home their “abandoned” children.

    This situation comes as a result of a practice dating back to the communist period, when it was common not to register babies who weighed less than 1000 g during the first 10 days of life, in order to have …

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