Incredible footage has emerged of a baby born by caesarean section in the US still fully encased in his amniotic sac, in what doctors hailed a ‘medical miracle’.
Baby Silas Philips was born three months premature in Los Angeles and emerged curled up inside the sac, complete with the placenta and umbilical cord, with his tiny hands and feet visible through the lining.
The amniotic sac is a fluid-filled bag that contains and protects a developing unborn baby in the womb. The bag usually breaks before childbirth, known as a woman’s “water breaking”, or is cut through by a doctor during a caesarean section.
Dr William Binder told CBS news that he will never forget the “ultra-rare” event, known as a “caul” birth.
“It really felt like a moment of awe. This was really a moment that will stick in my memory for some time,” he said.
“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,’” Silas’s mother told CBS News.
Baby Silas is doing well despite his unusual birth and is expected to go home within months.
Hollywood actress Jessica Alba named her daughter Haven reportedly after she was born still inside her amniotic sac in 2011.