Mother speaks about decision to keep 'ticking time bomb' baby

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by Carina Sonn

azfamily.com

Posted on May 26, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Updated Friday, May 27 at 9:48 AM

PHOENIX, Ariz. - A mother goes against doctor's advice and beats the odds after an unusual pregnancy that, if gone wrong, could have cost them their lives.

Nicolette Soto, 27, found out 20 weeks into her pregnancy that her baby wasn't growing in her womb.

Instead, the embryo that should have been growing in her uterus never got there and planted at the end of her fallopian tube, according to doctors at the Maternal Fetal Medicine Center at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital. It's known as a Cornual Ectopic pregnancy, which is very rare.

Doctors advised Soto to terminate the pregnancy due to the risk, which is normal protocol.

"It went through my mind very little just because I have a son and what if something would have happened, so that was the only thing to make me think - should I risk my life for this life?"

Soto decided to keep the baby, "If I didn't at least try and know what could have happened, I couldn't deal with that."

Soto, who works at Tutor Time, and her boyfriend Victor Perfecto, who works at a pediatricians office, have another son together. They've been trying to get pregnant with this baby since their second son was only 2 and he's 7 years old now.

After Soto decided she would take the risk, the focus then turned to timing, and when doctors should perform the crucial Cesarean section.

If it was too early, the baby wouldn't survive but if it was too late Soto's life would be at risk. 'If any sort of ectopic pregnancy were to rupture, bleeding would occur, significant bleeding and that would result in an emergent surgical situation," said Dr. Rodney Edwards.

Soto recalls, with tears, the night before the scheduled delivery, "It was really scary... just because we didn't know where the baby was and what he was attached to and what could happen."

On Monday morning, 32 weeks into the pregnancy, teams of surgeons were on hand, prepared for a number of complications, but none of them were realized.

"We were really expecting a long extraordinarily complicated surgery. It was sort of like getting ready for a marathon and then it's canceled," said Dr. William Clewell.

The baby was delivered without much complication. Soto and the baby's father named the 2 pound 14 ounce boy Azelan Cruz Perfecto, a name that means strength and courage.

Their newborn is expected to stay in the hospital for a few more weeks so doctors can monitor his weight.

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