His daughter was given a fresh, if precarious chance, and along with it, a new name.
She was going to be named Lucia, but after finding her alive, her parents said she would be Luz Milagros -- the Spanish words for light and miracles.
In the meantime, an investigation has been launched at the hospital.
"I don't have an explanation for what happened, but if there is culpability we'll see what we'll do," Rafael Sabatinelli, deputy secretary of health in the Chaco region, told CNN.
"The personnel who were involved have responsibilities, and therefore, will have to be held accountable for their actions," he said in a statement.
Both Sabatinelli and Meirino said it was the first time they had witnessed an incident like this, but that a nearly identical thing happened in Israel in 2008.
In that case, a baby was found alive in a morgue refrigerator after having been declared dead.
Some doctors at the time said that it was possible that the low temperatures inside the refrigerator had slowed down the baby's metabolism and helped her survive. However, that baby later died.
CNN's Rafael Romo contributed to this report.
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