“Miracle Baby’ born 39 days after his mother’s water breaks
By Dave Andrusko
The outcome represents one of those really feel-good stories. Rachel Whitchurch’s water broke at 28 weeks. When this had happened with her older child (when she was at 35 weeks), she was told it was a “fluke.”
Now, five years later (and after three miscarriages), it happened again, and a full seven weeks earlier in her pregnancy. She thought, “This can’t be happening,” Rachel told Good Morning America.
Rachel and Jeff Whitchurch rushed to Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem, Utah. She was told that the baby could be born at any moment.
“We had multiple doctors, nurses, and specialists talk to us and warn us of the risks and problems that we should expect if our baby was born that day or the next,” Rachel told KSL Television. Rachel was put on immediate bed rest and given drugs to stop the contractions and help the baby’s lungs to grow.
“After two days we were told that the longest we could hope for would be a week and if we lasted 10 days it would be a miracle,” she said.
“The Number One concern is infection,” explained Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC Senior Medical contributor. “It is literally a race against time.”