Buenos Aires - Argentina's “miracle baby”, born prematurely and declared dead in April and then found alive 12 hours later at the morgue, has been cleared to go home, hospital staff said on Thursday.

Luz Milagros, whose middle name means “miracles” in Spanish, “is stable”, with a tube for feeding and respiratory assistance “to help avoid fatigue”, said Juan Mario Jacobassi - the director of Resistencia's paediatric hospital.

The five-month-old left the hospital in north-eastern Argentina at around noon, in the arms of her mother Analia Boutet.

She remains fragile, and her care will continue at home with the help of specialised equipment installed there.

Born on April 3, three months before her due date, Luz Milagros weighed around 780g.

Doctors examined her and determined she was stillborn.

But 12 hours later, when the parents went to the morgue to see the body and say goodbye, they were shocked to hear a small whimper and see the baby making small movements.

“She was all covered up and full of something that looked like frost,” Boutet told the local press at the time.

The parents had planned to name the baby Lucia Abigail, but changed it to Luz Milagros after the incident. - Sapa-AFP