When Raelin Scurry woke up on August 5, she wasn’t planning on giving birth that day. But at only 29 weeks pregnant she began to experience increasingly intense contractions—it was clear that her baby had other plans.
“They were coming quickly,” she told TODAY. “We literally threw on clothes and ran out the door.”
But tables really turned once the Pennsylvania couple started driving to the hospital.
“On our way to the hospital, I was very afraid and in a lot of pain,” Scurry, 23, tells PEOPLE. “I was afraid because everything was so unknown. I didn’t know why he would be coming so early, I didn’t know if he would be okay if he came this early.”
The 23-year-old mother tried to avoid pushing, but her son wanted to come out.
Panicked and terrified, Scurry called 911 as they rushed towards Magee-Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh but authorities couldn’t understand the mother through her cries between contractions. She handed the phone to the father, pulled off her pants and pushed—that’s when she felt her son’s head—in a matter of seconds he dropped into her hands and, just like that, Scurry had delivered her baby boy in a moving vehicle.
“His head was right there. That was the craziest part for me, reaching down and feeling his head,” she said.
When she looked down she couldn’t believe what she saw.
Our birth story! ❤ The human body is truly an amazing thing. 8.5.2017 at about 10am I started having contractions. I was only 29 weeks and 4 days so I just figured they were Braxton hicks and decided to wait it out. After about 45 minutes of consistent contractions that were increasing in intensity I decided I should probably go in. I there in some clothes. Grabbed my daughter some clothes, her my fiance And I left for the hospital. I dropped my daughter to her God mommy Nicole And headed to the hospital. Well the contractions continued to get closer together and more intense and before I knew it I knew it was time to push. I called 911 because I was so scared. They couldn't understand me between the screams with contractions. So I handed the phone to my fiance. I pulled my pants off and reached down, sure enough his head was right there. I pushed one time and my miracle baby was here. When I looked down I realized he was still completely wrapped in the amniotic sac. The dispatcher told us to pull over. But I knew we would make it to the hospital before they would make it to us. So I told Ean to keep driving. I was so scared. My Fiance was so calm driving and on the phone with 911. At first the baby was still and all I could do was pray he would be okay. And then I rubbed his face with my thumb and he pulled his little hands and feet up to his face as if he understood my prayers and wanted to reassure us he was okay. About 7 minutes passed that I held this miracle baby in my hands until we made it to the hospital. A familiar face came running out and grabbed my baby. He was born an caul. This happens 1 in every 80,000 births. Usually during c-section. He was 3lb 1oz. He doing wonderful all things considered all He went through I know he's going to be an awesome little man! ❤ he is truly a miracle baby. We are so blessed to be his parents. #encaul #encaulbirth #carbirth #miriclebaby
“When I looked down I realized he was still completely wrapped in the amniotic sac.”
He was completely wrapped in the amniotic sac. “He was very still at first. I thought ‘Please be okay’ and I kind of rubbed my finger against his face and he pulled his hands and feet up and covered his face,” she said.
An en caul birth such as this one is extremely rare, occurring in less than one in 88,000 births—more so during C-sections, according to Cedars-Sinai. It’s even more rare that it happened in a car.
Scurry’s son was named EJ, after his father Ean Jamal.
After a security guard spotted Scurry with her newborn son in the car, doctors and nurses came running out and grabbed the baby, broke his water, cut his umbilical cord, and took him to an intensive care unit.
“He cried immediately,” Scurry recalled. The sign of a healthy baby.
EJ was only 3 pounds and 1 ounce when he was born 11 weeks premature, but despite his early arrival he is developing healthily and making great progress.
Daddy and his babies! ❤😍 I am so thankful for the father of my children. This past 7 weeks has been the hardest 7 weeks of my life. He has been there every single step of the way. Supporting me and encouraging me to be strong. On my darkest and hardest days he was there. Pushed me to hold on when all I wanted to do was give up. I am so blessed to have Ean as a a partner in life. I love you baby and our beautiful babies. idk where I would be without you. EJ was named properly. He gets his strength from his daddy Ean Sr.
Scurry and her family are extremely amazed at the incredible experience. She said, laughing, “I am Superwoman, It is kind of cliché—you never know how strong you are until strong is the only option you have.”