A baby born fully inside the amniotic sac is being called a “miracle baby” by doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood, California. According to CNN, baby Silas Philips is making headlines around the globe after being born en caul, which refers to a baby being born encased in the amniotic sac — something that is extremely rare. The hospital says that a baby born en caul occurs less than one in 80,000 births. Baby Silas was born via C-section, three months before his due date.
— The Independent (@Independent) February 25, 2015
“Even though it’s a cliche — 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,” said neonatologist William Binder.
The baby inside the amniotic sac looked like he was “trapped in a bubble.” Doctors were so surprised that they snapped a picture of the baby before piercing the sac, and presenting him to his mom. However, after his birth, doctors shared the photo with the new mom, who says that her little boy is extra special because of his unique birth story.
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“It was definitely like a clear film, where you could definitely make out his head and his hair. 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,” said Silas’ mom, Cheryl, according to Fox News.
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As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Silas was born 10 weeks ago. Seeing a baby born en caul is especially rare during caesarian section births because the delivering doctor usually ends up piercing the sac with his scalpel during the procedure.
The baby born inside the amniotic sac is getting ready to make his journey home after receiving extra care at Cedar Sinai after his premature birth. As CNN points out, he is already a social media star. Just about everyone who has the internet has heard about this little guy and his super cool story.
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