Silas Philips was born three months premature at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California. Doctors performing the Caesarean section were astonished to see he was still in his amniotic sac
Doctors say being born with sac intact is ?extremely rare? ? a one in 80,000 occurrence.
California?s Cedars-Sinai Hospital, where Silas Philips was born, has released amazing photographs of him curled up inside the sac, tiny hands and feet visible through the clear film as doctors performed a caesarean section on his mother Chelsea.
Doctors performing the Caesarean section on his mother, Chelsea, were astonished to see he his amniotic sac was still intact
Dr William Binder, who delivered Silas, described the moment he saw him.
?Even though it sounds clich?d, we caught our breath, he told CBS.
?It really felt like a moment of awe ? and one that will stick in my memory for some time. He was seconds old and still in the water bag, with the placenta and umbilical cord tucked inside.?
Silas?s mother said: ?It was definitely like a clear film where you could definitely make out his head and his hair.
?He was kind of in a foetal position and you could see like his arms and his legs curled up.
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?.?
Despite his early arrival, Silas is doing well and expected to go home next month.
Being born inside the amniotic sac is known as being born ?en caul? or as a ?veiled birth? and mostly occur in premature babies.
In the Middle Ages, babies born with the caul were good luck and destined for greatness.