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Baby feared dead, miraculously born alive

Published On: Nov 27 2012 03:56:05 PM CST
CHICAGO -

A baby who was feared dead inside of his mother's womb is being called a Thanksgiving miracle.

Noah Ignacio Guzman was born at Mount Sinai Hospital at 3:12 a.m. Doctors did not think he was alive until a magical moment shocked doctors and the boy's parents.

"I [will] never forget this day... Thanksgiving Day, and my baby is born," said the baby's father, Ignacio Guzman.

Sometimes, there is so much to be grateful for.

"I'm very, very blessed -- I really, really am....God heard my prayers," said the baby's mother, Jocelyn Robinson.

"It's a miracle -- you can't say anything other than that," said Dr. Kimberly Sampson of Sinai Medical Group.

The baby was not alive when his mother and father arrived in an ambulance at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Robinson was suffering severe complications.

"I was scared... I really, really was," said Robinson.

Immediately, doctors did an ultrasound.

"I had to sort of be very honest with her and say: we don't have a heartbeat," said Dr. Sampson. She called a second doctor.

"Another doctor came in and said, 'I'm sorry, your baby passed. We can't find the heartbeat,'" said Robinson.

"When they told me he passed away... I just started crying," said Ignacio Guzman.

With Noah feared dead, the medical team wanted to save the bleeding mother. The placenta had blocked her cervix - a condition called placenta previa. Doctors began surgery when Dr. Sampson noticed the baby gasp.

"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," said Dr. Sampson.

Yes, Noah was and is very much alive -- 4 pounds, 13 ounces. He is in intensive care, but he is alive.

"They told me he was alive, so it was wonderful -- you know, everybody's happy, everybody's crying now, because it was life," said Ignacio Guzman.

"I'm just very, very blessed that me and my son were able to come out of this situation alive," said Robinson.

Robinson is expected to be released from the hospital during the next few days. Doctors say Noah is healthy, but they want to keep a close eye on him and conduct some tests.