Fact check: Video shows mother and baby born healthy, not stillborn child revived by prayer

The claim: Video shows stillborn baby cry during mother's prayer

A Facebook video shows a woman with an infant pressed against her chest. The woman speaks emotionally throughout the video and, at one point, the baby begins to cry.

The logo for the Hospital da Mulher at Hospital Inácia Pinto dos Santos in Brazil can be seen on the woman's shirt.

"Newborn baby was pronounced dead by doctors but the mother prayed and the baby began to cry," reads the video's caption in the March 2 post (direct link, archive link).

The video was shared more than 5,000 times in two weeks.

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Our rating: False

The baby in the video was born alive and healthy, according to a local government press release.

Video shows baby born alive and healthy

The video was captured at the Hospital da Mulher at Hospital Inácia Pinto dos Santos in Brazil, according to a 2020 press release from the Feira de Santana Hospital Foundation, a government organization that manages the hospital.

"The child was not born dead," reads the release, which was written in Portuguese. "The newborn was born by normal delivery this weekend and was doing well in his mother's arms. When she began to pray in thanks for her son's life, the baby naturally began to cry."

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The Hospital da Mulher logo shown on the woman's shirt in the video can also be seen on a patient's garment in a post on the government's website.

Based on the press release, local websites also debunked the video in 2020.

USA TODAY reached out to the Facebook user who shared the post for comment.

The video was also debunked by Reuters.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: False claim video shows stillborn baby revived by prayer