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After Being Taken to Medical Examiner, Infant Found to be Alive, Later Declared Dead

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The Reno Police Department is investigating the death of an infant. Police say fire and medical personal were called to West Hills Hospital on Thursday, February 20th after the father of an infant said the child was in medical distress. When REMSA Paramedics arrived they transported the infant to Renown Regional Medical Center.

Once the baby was at Renown, it was declared deceased at 11:39 a.m. The baby was then taken to the Medical Examiners Office on Kirman Avenue.

At around 12:50 p.m. personnel at the Medical Examiners office believed they heard the infant breathing. REMSA was summoned to the office and transported the baby back to Renown Regional Medical Center.

Once at Renown hospital staff implemented life saving measures but once again the baby was declared deceased at 4:37 p.m.

A preliminary autopsy has been conducted but medical officials examiners say a final report won't be issued until additional tests have been performed.

Washoe County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Ellen Clark released a statement saying "Seemingly deceased persons are sometimes resuscitated; it's one of the miracles of modern medicine. For this child, if there was any potential for survival, the normal response would be to do exactly what the Medical Examiner's staff did. They rendered aid when the baby appeared to breathe. Our staff expended every effort to save this baby." Clark continued, "Our hearts go out to the family of this baby, as well as to the men and women who worked diligently to try and save the child."


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