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What a difference a year makes-‘Miracle Baby’ turns one!

Azelan Perfecto

One-year old Azelan Perfecto with mom, Nicolette Soto


PHOENIX (May 23, 2012) – One year ago, a team of more than 20 doctors and staff were preparing for a risky birth involving Nikki Soto—the Valley mom who did something that had never been heard of--she carried her baby outside of her uterus during her pregnancy.

Banner Good Samaritan physicians felt as if they had a ‘ticking time bomb’ as the team of doctors worked to keep Nikki alive and safely deliver her tiny and fragile baby boy.

Now a year later, that same team of doctors and nurses gathered around Nikki and Azelan once again—but this time to celebrate—as miracle baby Azelan Perfecto turned one. Banner Good Sam host a birthday party for Azelan and a reunion with the medical staff and who made the celebration possible.

“When I saw him for the first time, he was so small,” Soto said. “When he came home at one month old, he was still less than five pounds and Q-Tips looked like dumb bells in his little hands. Today, I am amazed that he is so big and trying to walk – you would never know the journey he went through to be here.”

Today, Perfecto is feisty one-year-old who loves music and playing with his older brother.

Before the dangerous surgery, surgeons could not tell if the placenta was attached to several vital organs, nor how complicated it would be to deliver little Azelan. It turned out that the dangerous situation quickly turned into a miracle, as doctors were able to safely remove the placenta and keep the mother out of danger. Doctors were surprised to learn that the pregnancy was inside a sack in a portion of the fallopian tube and the placenta was not attached to other organs.

Why the tube had not ruptured and become a surgical emergency remains unknown. This particular type of ectopic pregnancy typically ruptures between 12 and 14 weeks and doctors say this is the first case ever heard of where a tubal pregnancy made it to 32 weeks.

About Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center has been providing medical care to Arizona and the Southwest since 1911. Banner Good Samaritan is owned and operated by Phoenix-based Banner Health, a non-profit organization. The hospital was named to the 2011-’12 U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” list for Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Geriatrics and Gynecology. Banner Good Samaritan has been recognized as a Magnet™ facility by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the highest honor a hospital can earn for its nursing care and practices, and has been named one of the Best Places to Work in the Valley by The Phoenix Business Journal and BestCompaniesAZ in 2007 and 2008 and one of the “Top 100 Hospitals to Work For” by Nursing Professionals magazine.

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