Incredible images show ‘miracle’ baby Silas Philips born three months prematurely, still inside his amniotic sac.
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Incredible images have surfaced of a baby born still inside his amniotic sac, a birth doctors have called “extremely rare”
Silas Philips is a “medical miracle” according to the doctors who delivered him at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California.
Delivered three months early and by c-section, images below show Silas still curled up inside the protective sac with only his tiny hands and legs visible.
Until the bag was broken, Silas was accessing oxygen through the placenta.
Watch this amazing video about the remarkable birth (which his doctor calls “a moment of awe”.:
The amniotic bag sits inside the womb as is where the baby develops. The sac protects the baby from external bumps whilst the fluid allows the baby the breath and swallow all while remaining at a constant temperature.
The bag is typically meant to break on its own during the birth, which is referred to as the “water breaking”.
During a c-section the surgeon cuts through this bag to access the baby.
It is extremely rare to be born with the sac still intact – around one in 80,000 births.
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Although born at just 26 weeks, Silas and mother are both doing well and expected to be home within a month the doctors have said.
Actress Jessica Alba’s second child Haven was also born with inside her amniotic sac back in 2011.
“The doctor had never seen anything like it before. He grabbed the nurse and said: ‘Look at this!” Alba told OK! magazine after the birth.
“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.”