Philadelphia police officers’ quick response to a tragic weekend shooting resulted in an unborn baby’s life being saved.
NBC Philadelphia reports the baby’s pregnant mother, Matayah Haynes, 19, of Camden, New Jersey, died after being shot on a street early Saturday morning in Philadelphia.
When officers realized she was pregnant and her unborn baby was alive, the Philadelphia Police Department said they immediately rushed her to Temple University Hospital. There, doctors removed the premature, 34-week baby boy from his mother’s womb, saving his life, according to the report.
The police officers’ and doctors’ actions are a testament to the value of unborn babies’ lives.
On Monday, police said the baby boy was in critical but stable condition, the local news reported. LifeNews could not find any more recent updates about his condition.
It is not clear if the baby was injured as a direct or indirect result of the shooting. Premature babies born at 34 weeks have a strong chance of survival.
More premature babies are surviving and thriving thanks to modern medicine. In November, Guinness World Records recognized an Alabama boy who was born at 21 weeks as the youngest premature baby to survive. Curtis Means was born weighing 14.8 ounces at 21 weeks and one day in July 2020. In 2017, the journal Pediatrics highlighted the story of another girl who survived after being born at 21 weeks and four days of pregnancy.
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