Noah Ignacio Guzman is a happy, healthy newborn baby boy, but no one expected the miraculous outcome to his birth story.
Noah Ignacio Guzman was born on Thanksgiving Day in Chicago, but the occasion didn’t seem destined to be one of joy initially.
Noah Ignacio Guzman’s parents, Ignacio Guzman and Jocelyn Robinson, got the news every expectant parent fears when they await the arrival of their child — not one, but two doctors told the couple that it was likely the baby boy’s heart had ceased beating and that he wouldn’t be born alive.
Dr. Kimberly Sampson of the Sinai Medical Center explains that in a case like little Noah Guzman’s, there’s no easy way to deliver the horrible news all expected when she made her diagnosis. Sampson says:
“I had to sort of be very honest with her and say: we don’t have a heartbeat.”
Robinson explains that another doctor concurred and recalls:
“Another doctor came in and said, ‘I’m sorry, your baby passed. We can’t find the heartbeat.'”
Normally, lack of detectable heartbeat leads to a sad outcome, and all involved steeled themselves for the worst as baby Noah was born on Thursday. But as doctors attended Robinson — who had started to bleed heavily due to placenta previa, a life-threatening circumstance in labor — little Noah surprised them all, gasping for air and prompting a flurry of action in the delivery room.
“The baby [gasped] again, and as quickly as we could possibly — I almost felt like I was throwing the baby at the nurse — like, quick, the team just responded immediately.”
Dad Ignacio was crying before Noah was born (weighing just 4 pounds and 13 ounces), but he says after the miracle, he cried for a different reason:
“They told me he was alive, so it was wonderful — you know, everybody’s happy, everybody’s crying now, because it was life.”
Noah Ignacio Guzman remains in intensive care, but is expected to be released soon to go home.