Born still inside his amniotic sac, with his hands and feet clearly visible, baby Silas Philips has been described as a “medical miracle” by the doctors who delivered him.
Silas was born three months prematurely at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California. The doctors performing the Caesarean section on his mother, Chelsea, were stunned to see that his amniotic sac, or “water sac”, was still intact.
Images show baby Silas curled up inside the sac with the placenta and umbilical cord still attached and his tiny hands and a leg clearly visible. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Silas Philips was born three months prematurely at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California. Doctors performing the Caesarean section were astonished to see he was still in his amniotic sac.
2. Born still inside his amniotic sac, Silas has since been described as a ‘medical miracle’ by doctors.
Until the water bag was broken, Silas was still getting oxygen through the placenta, according to CBS.
The amniotic sac is a bag of clear, pale “amniotic” fluid inside the womb where the fetus develops and grows.
The fluid helps to cushion the baby from bumps and injury and provides it with fluids it can breathe and swallow. The fluid also maintains a constant temperature for the baby.
The amniotic sac typically breaks on its own during birth, which is often referred to as a mother’s “water breaking”. Alternatively, during a Caesarian section, the surgeon cuts through the sac to deliver the baby.
3. Doctors performing the Caesarean section on his mother, Chelsea, were astonished to see he his amniotic sac was still intact.
Doctors say that the chance of the amniotic sac remaining intact after birth is “ultra rare”.
And it was something that astonished Dr. William Binder, who delivered Silas. He said:
Even though it sounds cliched, we caught our breath. It really felt like a moment of awe… and one that will stick in my moment for some time.
He was seconds old and still in the water bag, with the placenta and umbilical cord tucked inside.
After taking a few seconds to take pictures of the exceptional sight in front of him, Dr. Binder removed the baby out of his amniotic sac and got him breathing.
4. Until the bag was broken, Silas was still getting oxygen through the placenta. Doctors who delivered say the moment ‘caught our breath’.
However, Silas’s mother didn’t understand that her son had caused so much excitement until her mother showed her. Dr Binder’s pictures. She told CBS News:
It was definitely like a clear film where you could definitely make out his head and his hair.
He was kind of in a foetal position and you could see like his arms and his legs curled up.
It was actually really cool to see. And when I heard that was actually really rare I was like “oh my gosh you’re a special little baby”.
Silas is doing very well, despite being born at just 26 weeks, and doctors hope he will go home within the next month.
5. Baby Silas was born with his amniotic sac intact and the placenta and umbilical cord tucked inside.
Actress Jessica Alba has spoken out about her own daughter Haven who was born inside the amniotic sac in 2011. She said:
The doctor had never seen anything like it before. He grabbed the nurse and said: “Look at this!”
I was in the middle of pushing and he told me to hold on a minute and not to push.
He was wearing basketball shorts and a T-shirt and said: “Oh I have to get my scrubs on for this!” The sac burst on its own after she came out. It was a trip.”
Alba’s experience inspired Haven’s name. She explained:
When I was in recovery we still hadn’t chosen her name. [Her father Cash Warren] picked her up and said she came into the world in her “safe haven” and [her name] clicked right then for both of us.
6. Jessica Alba’s daughter Haven was born inside the amniotic sac in 2011.
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