5 years ago, Noah Ignacio Guzman’s parents got the surprise of a lifetime. When the tiny boy was born at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, he only weighed 4 pounds, 13 ounces. But that wasn’t even the most startling part about his entry into the world.
Noah’s parents, Jocelyn Robinson and Ignacio Guzman, rushed to the hospital after Jocelyn started experiencing severe complications with her pregnancy in addition to heavy bleeding.
“I was scared,” Jocelyn said. “I really, really was.”
Things went from bad to worse during Jocelyn's ultrasound, as the doctors were unable to detect a heartbeat coming from her unborn child.
“I had to sort of be very honest with her and say, "We don't have a heartbeat,’” said Dr. Kimberly Sampson.
After running another test by a second doctor, it was confirmed that their little boy had no heartbeat.
"Another doctor came in and said, 'I'm sorry, your baby passed. We can't find the heartbeat,'" Jocelyn recalled.
“When they told me he passed away, I just started crying,” Ignacio recalled. But their pain wouldn’t end there. It was revealed that the complications during Jocelyn’s pregnancy were a result of placenta previa, a condition in which the placenta blocks the cervix. Though the doctors did not believe there was anything they could do for Jocelyn’s unborn child, they immediately attempted to save her life, as she was quickly losing a lot of blood.
During Jocelyn’s surgery, the most incredible thing happen. Dr. Sampson say their child gasp twice. He was alive! The team quickly worked on caring for the infant, and was born alive and placed in intensive care right away.
"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,” Dr. Sampson said.
“They told me he was alive, so it was wonderful. You know, everybody's happy, everybody's crying now, because it was life,” said the boy’s father.
Despite the odds stacked against him, Noah was a healthy baby boy born on Thanksgiving day, and his parents felt nothing but gratitude.
“God heard my prayers,” Noah’s mother said. "I'm just very, very blessed that me and my son were able to come out of this situation alive.”
While little Noah was kept under close watch by doctors at the beginning of his life, he did just fine. What started out as a terrifying and tragic day turned into an unforgettable moment for Jocelyn and Ignacio.
Dr. Sampson and her team were stunned by the ordeal as well. It’s not every day that a baby goes from not having a heartbeat to gasping during surgery.
"It's a miracle -- you can't say anything other than that.” Dr. Sampson said.