PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – You’ve heard about moms giving birth on the way to the hospital.
But a local mom is getting international attention because the baby she delivered on the way to the hospital was still inside the amniotic sac. Something that is very rare.
In fact, she posted a picture of the baby still inside the sac, and it’s gone viral on Instagram.
At first, Raelin Scurry, of Morningside, thought she was feeling false labor, but then: “I woke him [her boyfriend] and was like, ‘I think these are real contractions!’”
So she and her boyfriend Ean Vanstory dropped off their daughter and began driving toward Magee-Womens Hospital.
“I was just thinking we’ve got to get to hospital right now. I was just driving around people and running lights,” said Vanstory.
But a few minutes into the trip, Raelin knew they wouldn’t make it time.
“I dialed 911, and I was screaming, and the guy was like, ‘I need you calm down. I can’t understand you!'” said Scurry.
Somewhere along Bigelow Boulevard, the baby came into the world in a very rare way.
Scurry said: “He came out, and I was like, ‘Oh my goodness. He’s still in his amniotic sac.'”
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Our birth story! ❤ The human body is truly an amazing thing. 8.5.2017 at about 10am I started having contractions. I was only 29 weeks and 4 days so I just figured they were Braxton hicks and decided to wait it out. After about 45 minutes of consistent contractions that were increasing in intensity I decided I should probably go in. I there in some clothes. Grabbed my daughter some clothes, her my fiance And I left for the hospital. I dropped my daughter to her God mommy Nicole And headed to the hospital. Well the contractions continued to get closer together and more intense and before I knew it I knew it was time to push. I called 911 because I was so scared. They couldn't understand me between the screams with contractions. So I handed the phone to my fiance. I pulled my pants off and reached down, sure enough his head was right there. I pushed one time and my miracle baby was here. When I looked down I realized he was still completely wrapped in the amniotic sac. The dispatcher told us to pull over. But I knew we would make it to the hospital before they would make it to us. So I told Ean to keep driving. I was so scared. My Fiance was so calm driving and on the phone with 911. At first the baby was still and all I could do was pray he would be okay. And then I rubbed his face with my thumb and he pulled his little hands and feet up to his face as if he understood my prayers and wanted to reassure us he was okay. About 7 minutes passed that I held this miracle baby in my hands until we made it to the hospital. A familiar face came running out and grabbed my baby. He was born an caul. This happens 1 in every 80,000 births. Usually during c-section. He was 3lb 1oz. He doing wonderful all things considered all He went through I know he's going to be an awesome little man! ❤ he is truly a miracle baby. We are so blessed to be his parents. #encaul #encaulbirth #carbirth #miriclebaby
She was worried because he wasn’t moving.
“At first he was very still. So I went like this to his face through the sac, and he pulled his hands and his feet up in the sac. And I was like, “He’s okay.”
Scurry works in medical research and relaxed at the point, believing the baby was protected in the sac.
“I was very careful not to break that sac,” she said.
When they arrived at Magee, doctors and staff moved into action.
“They broke his water right outside the doors,” said Scurry. “They said he cried right away.”
Scurry and Vanstory have named their son E.J. named after his dad, Ean Jamal Vanstory.
It’s been a few weeks now since the birth, and Scurry says that E.J. is on regular oxygen and making progress.
“He’s been doing better than they expected him to be doing, with him being born so early. He’ll be home before we know it,” Scurry said.
She wants to thank all the doctors and staff at Magee for all their great work.
When she posted the pic of the baby in the sac on Instagram she never imagined all the response.
A newspaper in England has even picked up the story, and she’s been contacted by a national TV morning show.