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Baby ‘starts walking’ moments after birth, video goes viral

SAO PAULO: A video is going viral on the internet showing a baby appears to walk moments after its birth at a hospital in Brazil.

The stunned workers in the Brazilian maternity hospital were trying to bath the little girl with the very large will for the very first time.

But the newborn had very different ideas, to say the least.

In the video, a midwife cradles the little baby across her chest with one arm and is clearly stunned as the miracle baby wriggles to walk on her own.

The nurse, dressed in surgical robes with a clinical mask over her mouth, cries out in Portuguese in amazement: ‘Oh my gosh, the girl is walking. Good gracious!’

‘Wait let me film this,’ another person in the room can be heard saying. They then shout for another colleague called Ju to come to witness the amazing moment.

‘Ju, Ju come and see this,’ they cry.

The midwife in the video explains that she has been trying to give the baby a bath but the child just wants to get up and walk.

According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, the “walking” is not so much a miracle but a natural newborn reflex.

Called the “stepping reflex,” this reflex is also referred to as the walking or dance reflex because the baby appears to take steps or dance when held upright with his or her feet touching a solid surface. This reflex lasts until the baby is about two-months-old. It helps babies develop and survive.

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