Valentino Mondragon died after he fell from his mother and onto the floor at a hospital in the Argentinian city of Gualeguaychu, three hours north of Buenos Aires
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The baby died at Sanatorio Pronto in Gualeguaychu, Argentina (Image: Google Streetview)
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.
Valentino died shortly after he was born (stock photo)
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“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.
An investigation into the baby's death has been launched
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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.
A relative of the couple posted a picture of a black ribbon with Valentino’s name on it alongside a white balloon.
A friend of Claudio wrote on Facebook : “Stay strong Claudio and Stefania. I hope those responsible are brought to account for what happened.”