Born this way: This miracle baby was born inside an intact amniotic sac

Doctors at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center marveled at the miraculous birth of Silas Phillips, a premature baby who was still inside an intact amniotic sac when he was delivered.

    2015/02/25

NSFW    A premature baby still inside its intact amniotic sac was delivered in January by a group of doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, a medical rarity that only happens once in every 80,000 deliveries.

Chelsea Phillips underwent an emergency Cesarean section at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles earlier this year.

The baby was born three months early, still in an undamaged amniotic sac. The sac is a tough membrane which protects the baby from injury. The fluid inside contains nutrients for the baby to grow. The baby was still absorbing oxygen through the placenta at the time of birth.

“It was a moment that really did, even though its a cliche: we caught our breath. It really felt like a moment of awe,” William Binder, a neonatologist at the hospital, told CBS Los Angeles. “This was really a moment that will stick in my memory for some time.”

Soon after the birth, a doctor punctured the sac with his fingers so that the baby could breathe on his own, SFGate reported.

The mother was oblivious to the drama until she was shown a picture of her baby snapped by the doctor on his mobile phone hours after the delivery.

The baby spent its first few weeks in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. The baby boy is now ten weeks old and is in good health.
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