A baby in California is being labeled a “miracle” by doctors after he was born three months premature and still inside the amniotic sac.
Little Silas Phillips was born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California to mom Chelsea, and astonishingly, doctors performed a C-section and took the baby out still inside the amniotic sac.
Incredible pictures show the sac still completely intact with the baby curled up inside, along with the umbilical cord and placenta.
When a woman usually goes into labor, the amniotic sac breaks. This is what is happening when a woman’s water breaks shortly before actually giving birth, but in the case of a C-section, doctors generally cut through it to deliver the baby. In this case, the doctors were amazing to discover that the sac was still completely intact.
When they took the baby out, it was still inside the sac and was being delivered oxygen from the placenta, despite being out of his mother’s body.
“Even though it sounds clichéd, we caught our breath,” Dr. William Binder recalled. “It really felt like a moment of awe... and one that will stick in my moment for some time.”
Chelsea Phillips says she didn’t realize the occurrence was such a big deal until she saw the photo and was informed that this kind of thing is “ultra rare.”
“It was actually really cool to see,” Phillips said, according to The Daily Mirror. “And when I heard that was actually really rare I was like 'oh my gosh you're a special little baby.’”
Silas is now 12 weeks old and is reportedly doing extremely well. Doctors say he should be going home in less than a month.