A newborn died after doctors failed to catch him when his mum pushed him out. Grieving father Claudio Mondragon said he had witnessed the tragedy as his wife Stefania gave birth to their son Valentino.
An investigation was underway today into the incident at a hospital in the Argentinian city of Gualeguaychu, a three hour drive north of the capital Buenos Aires near to where the couple live.
The baby boy was transferred to a specialist hospital in the nearby city of Parana, but he was pronounced dead before arrival.
Claudio, 29, told local paper El Dia: “My wife was in labour and was just about to have the baby and they asked her to push and she pushed so he would come out.
“He came out really fast and no-one grabbed him and he fell to the floor.
"The midwife didn’t have time to catch him and the obstetrician didn’t react.
“The only thing they did was lift him up from the floor and put him in an incubator and take him to another hospital.”
The freak accident happened last Thursday afternoon in a clinic called Sanatorio Pronto in Gualeguaychu.
The baby boy died as he was being taken to San Roque Hospital in Parana.
The investigation, led by a local state prosecutor, will determine if his death is the result of medical negligence and whether anyone should face criminal charges.
Valentino, whose 26-year-old mum Stefania was 37 weeks pregnant when she gave birth, has already been buried by his grief-stricken parents.
A preliminary autopsy is said to have concluded the baby boy died from a head injury consistent with a fall.