Medical miracle: baby born still curled up in amniotic sac

Doctors at California’s Cedars-Sinai Hospital delivered premature baby boy Silas, still inside the fluid bag, 12 weeks ago by Caesarean section.

Cedars-Sinai neonatologist William Binder said:

“It was a moment that really did, even though it’s a cliché: 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 snap the incredible sight in front of him, Dr Binder set to work removing Silas out of his amniotic sac and getting him breathing.

Even though the baby, born at 26 weeks, had left his mother’s womb, because he was inside the amniotic sac he continued receiving oxygen through the placenta, only taking his first ‘proper’ breath after doctors broke the sac. In the photograph, Silas’s hand can be seen pressed against the sac with the rest of his body just visible through the delicate membrane still surrounding him.

Silas’s mother, Ms Chelsea Phillip didn’t know about all that happened in the delivery room until hours afterwards when her mother showed her the photographs taken by Dr Binder.

‘It was definitely like a clear film where you could definitely make out his head and his hair,’ she told CBS News.

‘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”

Chelsea was astonished to see the amazing photo’s that she described her baby as “a little fighter”.

Actress Jessica Alba who also had a similar experience has spoken out about her daughter Haven. Haven was also born inside the amniotic sac in 2011. Jessica said at the time: ‘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. The sac burst on its own after she came out. It was a trip.’

The amniotic sac is a bag of clear liquid, in which the unborn child develops until their birth. The sac usually breaks at the beginning of child-birth, and is referred to as the mother’s water breaking. The fluid helps to cushion the baby from bumps and injury, as well as providing it with fluids it can breathe and swallow. It also maintains a constant temperature for the baby.