** Pregnant Woman’s Water Breaks, Doctors Decide To Keep Baby Inside For Months

 The miracle of birth is the most extraordinary experience any human can ever go through. After nine months of your little bump growing inside your belly, one day he or she will come out and introduce themselves to the world. It will be the single best moment of your life. The pain and stresses of pregnancy will all be worth it in the end.

Belly bump

But of course, it’s not as simple as that. Unfortunately, a lot of pregnancies can come with complications, but you can be sure that there’s always an amazingly talented medical team waiting to take great care of you.

Belly bump

Your precious bump will soon become a precious bundle of joy you can hold in your arms, and boy is it a wonderful feeling.

Precious bundle

However, some deliveries aren’t so simple. There are a lot of issues and problems that can get in the way of your baby arriving quickly and safely, and premature birth is one of the most common issues that new moms encounter.

Precious bundle

In fact, 1 out of 10 babies are born prematurely, and this early birth comes with a whole host of potential health risks. Nonetheless, if your baby does arrive too early, there are still procedures and treatments that give you both a fighting chance.

Mum-to-be

One person who knows all about what it’s like to experience a premature birth is a Florida-born woman called Maria Carbonell.

Mum-to-be

After meeting and falling in love with her wonderful husband Eric Carbonell, it wasn’t long before the two of them fell pregnant and started preparing for the birth of their firstborn child. It was a healthy and happy pregnancy, right up until the 28th week when things didn’t go as they usually do…

Water breaking

Maria still had around 12 weeks left before she was due to give birth at the typical 9-month stage, but one day while she was at work, Maria felt a little trickle of water run down her leg.

Water breaking

She found this very odd considering she was only 28 weeks into the pregnancy, so she didn’t think too much of it. However, that night at home, she had another trickle of water run down her leg. Maria and Eric decided it was best to sleep on it and check things out in the morning with the doctor…

Premature

However, the two of them were woken up in the early hours to find themselves sleeping in a puddle of water in the bed. They were certain this time… Maria’s waters had broken, and she was going into labor!

Premature

However, this was rather worrying seeing as she was extremely early to be having the baby. She had only just entered the third trimester, so both Maria and Eric began to fret about what could be wrong…

Rushing to hospital

As soon as they woke up to a puddle of water, the two of them knew exactly what they had to do. They needed to get to the hospital right away!

Rushing to hospital

Eric ushered Maria to the car with a bag full of necessities in his hand, reassuring her that everything was going to be okay. But he knew in his heart that he wasn’t so sure. Why had her waters broken so early? What did this mean for the health of Maria and the baby?

Dad to the rescue

Maria was worried too, but all they could do in that scenario was hope for the best and get to the hospital as soon as possible. Eric has since revealed what he was thinking at that exact moment.

Dad to the rescue

Talking to CBS, he said, “I felt a switch flick. I knew I had to act fast. We knew straight away that it was a serious situation. I just did what every man and husband would do.”

Thinking fast

As soon as they got to the hospital, the medical team decided that they needed to transfer her to the specialist team at Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital located at Broward Medical Center.

Thinking fast

This was where Maria and the baby could get the best possible care. It was a matter of minutes before she was put into an ambulance and driven just a few miles away to the Salah Foundation in Fort Lauderdale. It was all a huge blur.

In utero

When they arrived, the staff here knew exactly what they needed to do. It was 12 weeks before Maria’s pregnancy was full term, so the best course of action was to keep the baby in the womb for as long as possible.

In utero

This involved keeping the unborn child in utero while he or she continued to grow and develop inside of her. This procedure wasn’t without its risks, so if Maria and Eric wanted to eventually meet their baby, they needed to keep strong and have faith in the medical team treating them.

Fighting chance

To make sure their unborn child had their best fighting chance, Maria was basically bound to her hospital bed. The baby’s health was at serious risk, and doctors told them that this procedure could only last for 3 weeks maximum.

Fighting chance

Dr. Adolfo Gonzalez-Garcia, the director of Boward’s maternal medicine department, has since said, “A lot of women aren’t able to do what she did. To be in that physical situation for that long is incredible.”

Course of action

Premature babies are at higher risk of having breathing and feeding problems, and they are also more susceptible to getting infections. So as part of the procedure, a concoction of medicines were given to Maria in order to keep her and the baby in good health.

Course of action

She was treated with antibiotics to fight infections, magnesium sulfate to prevent seizures, and antenatal corticosteroids to lengthen the time in which the amniotic sac stayed fixed. The doctors were fantastic, and Maria always felt like she was in good hands.

A new home

All Maria and Eric could do was sit tight and wait patiently. The hospital would be their new home for however long before their child was eventually ready to be born. Eric would sleep next to Maria at night, and there was rarely a moment when he left her side.

A new home

They were going to get through this together, hand in hand, whatever the outcome. It was a long wait full of angst, but the thought of eventually holding their baby in their arms was what kept them strong.

Six weeks later

Six weeks after Maria arrived at the hospital, it was finally time for her to give birth to her baby. At 34 weeks pregnant, doctors helped her deliver the baby, and husband Eric was standing next to her the whole time, too.

Six weeks later

It was a tense moment for them both, especially knowing that something else could go wrong at any moment. They had spent 41 days in the hospital worrying about what could happen, so now all they wanted to do was cradle their new baby.

Beautiful baby girl

Finally, their new baby daughter arrived into the world, and she was absolutely perfect! She arrived weighing just a tiny 4lbs. Maria and Eric fell in love with her as soon as they saw her, but it took them a minute or two until they could relax. They needed to know she was okay.

Beautiful baby girl

Any birth comes with its risks, but this situation was even more dangerous. Was their baby girl healthy? Was she happy? After the doctors did their quick checks, Maria and Eric finally got the news they wanted all along.

Sigh of relief

Their new baby daughter was absolutely fine. She was tiny, and she was fragile, but her health was given the all-clear. After seeing her for the first time, they decided to call her Savannah Carbonell.

Sigh of relief

They had been waiting for this moment for what seemed like forever, but finally they could hold their precious bundle of joy in their arms. Maria and Eric had never felt happiness like this before. It was the single best moment of their lives.

A miracle birth

Seeing Savannah’s beautiful little face made the 6 weeks of fear all worth it. There were times when they never thought this day would come, so sitting together as a new family of three felt like nothing short of a miracle.

A miracle birth

But in fact, Savannah’s birth was a miracle! Any premature birth can diminish the chances of survival dramatically, so successfully carrying the baby in the womb for a further six weeks is an incredible accomplishment. Maria is a superhuman!

Wonderful medical team

Maria says that the happy and healthy birth of Savannah was because of the incredible medical staff that helped her. Speaking to CBS, Maria says, “Everyone here was just so positive. They’d come into the room and just pretend that it wasn’t what it was – they were like ‘oh this is normal’.

Wonderful medical team

It’s what got me through”. Having such a talented and caring team of professionals by her side sure did play a part in Savannah’s healthy arrival, but we think there was one more important person too..

A happy mother

…Maria herself! The dedication, endurance, and strength shown by Maria was extraordinary. There wasn’t a minute that went by when she and Eric didn’t fear the worst, but nevertheless, they put trust in the doctors and kept faith for a whole six weeks!

A happy mother

Maria has since said, “We honestly just can’t believe that she’s here. We can’t believe we got through it. I was petrified. We both were. I never thought I’d be in that situation.”

A happy father

She continued saying, “I still look at her, and just don’t think that she’s real. It’s all so surreal.” It’s quite clear that despite keeping faith, deep down Maria and Eric expected the worst but hoped for the best. Thankfully, a miracle happened.

A happy father

Speaking to CBS, Eric also said, “Pregnancy was the first chapter, and then NICU was the second. Now our third chapter, and the longest one, will be going home and raising her.”

A wonderful story

Eric then continued saying, “We have a great story to tell her, and it’s all been documented!” With that comment, Eric nodded to the camera, becoming all too aware that one day his daughter will be able to look back and see what happened through the lens of the news coverage.

A wonderful story

As soon as Savannah arrived, CBS was keen to cover their miracle story and help them share their extraordinary experience to the watching world.

Making the news

CBS viewers have since sent their well wishes to the new family, and in the segment’s interviews, both Maria and Erica are seen with huge beaming smiles on their faces. They are quite clearly overjoyed by Savannah.

Making the news

They now have the rest of their lives to look forward to. They are seen returning to the hospital where they were taken care of to thank the hospital staff and show their gratitude. Without them, they don’t know where they’d be.

Happy families

Eric, Maria, and Savannah now have their own special family to enjoy, and boy is it a special one! The future is looking bright for the Carbonell family, and who knows what is next for them? Baby number two?

Happy families

Well, whatever their next venture is, we wish them all the health and happiness, and we thank them for sharing their incredible story. These joyful tales of love, strength, and hope are what the world needs more of!

Sharing her story

These sorts of heart-warming stories are what we need to brighten up our days when we’re feeling low. The miraculousness of Savannah’s birth puts everything into perspective, and it’s a wonder that she’s shared her story with us.

Sharing her story

Perhaps the best part about it all is that any future moms in the same position as Maria can now know there is more hope than you think. It must have been a terribly frightening experience for her, Eric, and their family, but thankfully, all is now well!

Lesson learned

Due to the story hitting the news all around the world, there have also been many people having their say on the matter and wishing the couple and their new precious baby the best of luck in the future.

Lesson learned

On one particular news site, one user commented explaining how she too had a tricky birth with her firstborn child. She said, “I was given magnesium sulfate and was in a lot of pain. Maria is a very brave woman”.

Medical advances

Further down the comments, someone else commented, explaining how grateful they are that medical advances have significantly improved in the last few decades.

Medical advances

Due to more specialist equipment and expert knowledge improving medical care, it now means that survival rates for babies like Savannah have massively increased. The user commented saying, “I’m glad now that most countries have the resources to make stillbirth miracles happen. Good call, doctors! You are all wonderfully talented people and lifesavers!”

Wonderful news

Another user commented giving their opinion that America has the best medical care in the world, and we have to agree with them. They certainly try their very best with the expertise they have, and at the end of the day, that is all we can ask of them.

Wonderful news

Birthing miracles don’t always happen, but when they do, the people we have to thank are the team of doctors and nurses in the midwifery centers who do all that they can to ensure both mom and child are as healthy as possible.

The best of luck

There were plenty of other comments too, mostly saying how heartwarming the story is. One user wrote, “How wonderful! God bless you and your family. I wish you all the best.” Another user said, “Oh my goodness. What a precious little baby.”

The best of luck

Savannah certainly is a precious bundle of joy, hope, and love, and now that the family is through the ordeal of giving birth, we want to wish them the very best of luck for the future. What an incredibly inspiring family they are.

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