Thanksgiving ‘miracle’ for parents told their unborn baby had died
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CHICAGO, December 3, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A Chicago couple celebrated Thanksgiving with what has been described as the miraculous birth of their son.
Noah Ignacio Guzman was born alive and well at Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago, on Thanksgiving Day, after doctors said that the baby boy’s heart had stopped beating and they presumed he had died during the mother’s labor, ABC reports.
“It’s a miracle - you can’t say anything other than that,” said Dr. Kimberly Sampson of Sinai Medical Group.
The parents, mother Jocelyn Robinson and father Ignacio Guzman, reportedly arrived at Mt. Sinai Hospital with Jocelyn in labor and bleeding. She was suffering from placenta previa, a condition in which the placenta blocks the cervix, thus interfering with normal delivery of the baby.
“I was scared,” Jocelyn told ABC. “I really, really was.”
Doctors checked the mother and baby with an ultrasound and found no heartbeat from the baby.
“I had to sort of be very honest with her and say: we don’t have a heartbeat,” said Dr. Sampson. She called a second doctor, who again tried to find a heartbeat, but then had to tell Jocelyn, “I’m sorry, your baby passed. We can’t find the heartbeat.”
Mr. Guzman said he began to cry when he was told the terrible news. “When they told me he passed away… I just started crying,” he recalled.
Focus then shifted to save the life of the mother who was bleeding profusely. As the doctors began surgery on Jocelyn, Dr. Sampson said she heard a gasp and realized it had come from little Noah. This prompted quick action from the medical team to save the baby.
“The baby did it 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,” said Dr. Sampson.
Mr. Guzman said in the space of a few moments his tears of sorrow had changed to tears of joy.
“They told me he was alive, so it was wonderful - you know, everybody’s happy, everybody’s crying now, because it was life,” said Guzman.
Noah, weighing 2.2kg, is in intensive care, but is healthy and expected to go home soon.
“I’m just very, very blessed that me and my son were able to come out of this situation alive,” said Jocelyn.
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