Baby Born Inside Intact Amniotic Sac

Silas Johnson was delivered at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on December 6, 2014 through a C-section, but didn’t arrive crying or squirming as most babies do; he made his debut still encased entirely in his amniotic sac. The attending obstetrician was so surprised by the rare birth that he took a picture on his cell phone, a photo that has gone viral on the internet.

Normally, the amniotic sac ruptures on its own during labor (the mother’s ‘water breaking’ as it’s commonly known). A doctor may also puncture the sac manually to help labor progress. In a C-section, traditionally the sac is pierced when the doctor makes the incision to remove the baby. In Silas’ case, the sac wasn’t broken, and he was delivered ‘en caul’, or inside a whole and unbroken amniotic sac. Such an occurrence only happens less than once in 80,000 births.

“Even though it’s a cliche — we caught our breath,” neonatologist William Binder told CNN affiliate KCAL. “It really felt like a moment of awe.”

Silas looked as though he were floating inside a translucent bubble – doctors could see his hands pressing against the sac’s walls, and his head and hair as he lay tucked up inside.

The baby was born three months prematurely, so after witnessing the rare birth, the doctor immediately tore the sac with his fingers and began special care for Silas, ensuring he could breathe normally and that his heart rate was good.

Many accounts in folklore and myth claim a baby born with a caul is destined for greatness, or to be bestowed with magical powers. Johnson’s mother, Chelsea, rejected such notions but attested, nonetheless – “Silas, you’re a little special baby.” Silas stayed in the hospital until around his original due date, healthy and ready to go home.

Silas looked as though he were floating inside a translucent bubble – doctors could see his hands pressing against the sac’s walls, and his head and hair as he lay tucked up inside.

The baby was born three months prematurely, so after witnessing the rare birth, the doctor immediately began special care for Silas, ensuring he could breathe normally and that his heart rate was good.

Sources:
http://time.com/3722828/baby-amniotic-sac/
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/25/health/rare-en-caul-birth-amniontic-sac/index.html
http://www.newser.com/story/203175/baby-born-3-months-early-still-inside-amniotic-sac.html

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