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Baby Dies After Priest Immerses The Child In Water For Baptism Despite Showing Signs Of Distress
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Baby Dies After Priest Immerses The Child In Water For Baptism Despite Showing Signs Of Distress

The child suffered from a cardiac arrest. The autopsy revealed water content in the child's lungs.

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Editor's note: This article was originally published on February 10, 2021. It has since been updated.

In a shocking event from Romania, a six-week-old infant passed away during a baptism ceremony. According to the Independent, the little one was immersed in holy water thrice as per the traditional baptism practices of Romania's Orthodox Church. Unfortunately, the child suffered from cardiac arrest. "A one-month-and-a-half baby was found in cardiac arrest in the church after the baptism service," said  Dan Teodorovici, a local spokesperson for the hospital. He continued, "The baby was respited by the SMURD unit that arrives on the spot. He was hospitalized in serious condition in the hospital’s intensive care unit, was intubated and mechanically ventilated."

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An autopsy conducted after the death revealed the presence of water in the lungs of the child. The child's distraught father stated that some 110 milliliters of liquid were found in the lungs of the little one. He also stated that the little one displayed discomfort during the ceremony. He even blamed the priest for continuing despite seeing that the child was in distress. Speaking to a local media house, Monitorul de Suceava, he said, "The boy was crying but the priest submerged him three times in water and he inhaled water. [I] removed him, wiped him, from the doctors I found out he inhaled 110ml of water... If you see a child with a gaping mouth and crying you wouldn’t immerse him completely in water, would you?"