Hospital authorities from Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in West Hollywood, California reported on 23 February that ten-week-old Silas was delivered at 26 weeks via caesarean while he was still in the amniotic sack with the placenta and umbilical cord still intact, which is a rare medical occurrence.
February 26 th, 2015
Silas’ amazing birth
Silas arrived in the world in a different way than other babies because he was still enclosed in the amniotic sac when he was delivered by Caesarean section at California's Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre. What greatly amazed the doctor is that he still received oxygen through the umbilical cord.
The neonatologist at Cedar Sinai Medical Centre Dr. Binder snapped the photo with his cell phone before breaking the sac. He said: “It felt like slow-motion but really, realistically, probably about 10 seconds that we had to sort of quickly pause and be able to do this, because at the same time, we want to get the baby out of that sac to start helping the baby to begin breathing,”
A little hero
Silas mom discovered the miraculous birth of her son when her mother showed her the picture of the new born. She proudly said Silas was born a warrior and would always remain the same. ‘The 10-week-old will be able to go home at the time when he should have been born at term. Such births are reportedly occurring once out of every 80,000 deliveries.
A tough postpartum challenge
Scientists call babies born at or before 25 weeks of pregnancy “extremely premature” infants. Parents who have infants born that early likely will face tough challenges. Doctors say that if an infant is born too early, his or her organs are not yet fully developed. In that case, the mother gets assistance from a specialist called a neonatologist. The more premature a baby is born, the lower the chances of survival are. Nearly 4 out of 10 babies born at 25 to 26 weeks have problems at age 19, including problems with hearing, sight, intellectual disability and holding down a job, meaning there is a 6 out of 10 chance to escape these problems.
Beliefs and superstition
The amniotic sac is the core of our intrauterine life and without this, there would be no possible gestation because it houses and protects the foetus. There are beliefs associated with this rare birth occurrence.
In Southeast Asia, a baby born still enclosed in amniotic sac is believed to see hidden things which normal people cannot see. In SA, they are believed to have a second vision which allows them to see what is hidden in the realm of the spirit (like ancestors). They are born with a gift of discernment since they can discern what is real and what is not. In Spain, people believe that a child born enclosed in amniotic sac never dies in water or by gunshot.
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