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Phoenix mother gave birth to a miracle baby. Image: Scholastica Ees says, yuhuuu to all (^_^)/Flickr/CC BY

A Phoenix woman gave birth on Monday to a baby who she carried full term outside of the womb. The baby grew in the lining of her abdominal muscle. It is a medical anomaly so rare that her doctors could not find record of any similar case.

Doctors warned Soto of dangers

Nicky Soto, 27, was told by her doctors 18 weeks into her pregnancy that her fetus was growing outside her uterus. This is a condition known as an ectopic pregnancy. She was informed that typically in these kinds of pregnancies the cavity ruptures by week 12, and the baby dies. She was also informed that the pregnancy could kill her.

Decision to carry child full-term

Soto, who also has a 7-year-old son, decided to take the risk and have the baby. “There was the fact that this was maybe my only chance to carry another child,” Soto said in an interview on NBC’s “Today.” “If this didn’t go right and we had to remove the uterus, I wouldn’t be able to carry again. I was hoping for the best.”

Doctors unsure of where placenta was attached

“Our biggest concern was what it would be attached to and where the blood supply came from,” said her surgeon, Dr. Curtis Cook, also of Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix. Even with MRI scans, the doctors could not tell if any of Soto’s vital organs or blood vessels were tangled with the placenta.

“It was really scary,” Soto recounted. “Just because we didn’t know where the baby was and what he was attached to and what could happen.”

Soto spent 10 weeks in the hospital under constant surveillance, away from her husband, Victor, and her son.

An uncomplicated C-Section birth

The doctors were fearing a long and complicated procedure, but all went well in Monday’s caesarian delivery.  The placenta turned out to be attached to the uterine wall.  No organs or blood vessels were involved.

A medical miracle

“None of us have ever seen anything like this, and in checking the literature, we weren’t able to turn up any cases comparable,” said Dr. WIlliam Clewell, also of Banner Good Samaritan.

Azelan Cruz Perfecto Soto was born eight weeks early, but he is healthy and doing well.


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