His name is Azelan Cruz Perfecto, a name that means strength and courage. At just five days-old, little Azelan is representing his name well.
He is truly a miracle baby.
Earlier this week I told you about a woman in Phoenix who carried a baby that had been growing outside her uterus in her abdomen. Now Nicollette Soto is speaking out about her decision – against doctor’s orders – to continue with her pregnancy even though she was risking her life to do so.
Soto, 27, found out at 20 weeks that she had what’s called a Cornual Ectopic Pregnancy which is an extremely rare type of ectopic pregnancy during which the fertilized egg implants somewhere besides the womb. In most cases the egg ruptures and the fetus dies.
Doctors advised Soto to terminate the pregnancy due to the risk, which is normal protocol.
“It went through my mind very little just because I have a son and what if something would have happened, so that was the only thing to make me think – should I risk my life for this life?” Soto tells AZFamily.com
But Soto kept the baby, saying she had to at least try. She and her boyfriend, Victor Pefecto, who have a 7-year-old son together had been trying to have a baby since their son was just 2.
After it was decided that she’d keep the baby, doctors had to make a crucial decision as to when to perform a c-section. If they did it too early the baby wouldn’t survive but if they did it too late Soto could die. “If any sort of ectopic pregnancy were to rupture, bleeding would occur, significant bleeding and that would result in an emergent surgical situation,” said Dr. Rodney Edwards.
“It was really scary… just because we didn’t know where the baby was and what he was attached to and what could happen”, Soto remembers.
This past Monday, at 32 weeks, doctors decided to perform the c-section. Teams of surgeons were at the ready should anything go wrong, even though they had no idea what could go wrong. “We were really expecting a long extraordinarily complicated surgery. It was sort of like getting ready for a marathon and then it’s canceled,” said Dr. William Clewell.
Unbelievably, weighing in at a tiny 2 pounds, 14 ounces, baby Azelan was delivered without much complication. Mother and son are doing great, although he’ll have to stay in the hospital a few more weeks due to his being premature.
Here’s the AZFamily.com report on little Azelan. He’s so tiny and sweet!
Preterm Labor: Scientific Progress on Early Delivery