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 18 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.
"Cornual pregnancies will typically rupture at 12 to 14 weeks and cause bleeding and require an emergency operation. For some reason , hers did not," said Dr. Rodney Edwards.
Soto decided to keep the baby.
"She was just sure that this was going to be, that everything was going to be fine. I think in her mind she never had any doubt the baby would be healthy," said Soto's father.
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 could rupture and lose a large amount of blood, or possibly worse.
On Monday morning, 32 weeks into the pregnancy, doctors delivered the baby. Soto and the baby's father, Victor Perfecto, named the 2 pound 14 ounce baby Azelan Cruz Perfecto.
Soto, who works at Tutor Time and Perfecto, who works at a pediatricians office, have another son together. Their newborn is expected to stay in the hospital for a few more weeks so doctors can monitor his weight.
"This is just a case that proves that nothing in medicine happens always or never," Edwards said.
As for his girlfriend, Perfecto says, "I saw the brave in her, [I'm] thankful for all the things that she went through."