This is the heartwarming moment an Illinois mother met her newborn son after doctors told her that continuing her pregnancy could kill her and her baby - and nearly dying following the delivery.
Sharee McCoy, 36, of Granite City, was ecstatic but also nervous when she learned in October 2016 that she was eight weeks pregnant.
She had lost her first child, a son named Jude, to a congenital heart disease when he was just two months old and she was determined to do everything she could to have a second child.
But, the next day, McCoy was told that the egg had implanted in her uterus in a way that could result in a life-threatening rupture or severe bleeding if she carried her baby to term.
Against doctors' advice that she abort, McCoy decided to continue her pregnancy and suffered massive blood loss when her son, Luka, was born prematurely at 31 weeks in March 2017.
Unsure if she would survive the traumatic delivery, the NICU nurses at SSM Health St Mary's Hospital in St Louis, rolled the newborn baby into McCoy's room two days after his birth so she could hold him.
Sharee McCoy, of Saint Louis, Missouri, suffered massive blood loss when she gave birth to her son, Luka, in March 2017. Not sure if she would survive, the NICU nurses brought Luka to McCoy's room so she could hold him (left and right)
In October 2016, when McCoy was eight weeks pregnant, she learned that she had a cesarean scar pregnancy, which is when the egg implants at the site of a previous C-section scar. Pictured: McCoy with her son
Eight weeks into her pregnancy, McCoy was told she had a cesarean scar pregnancy (CSP), which is when a fertilized egg is implanted in the muscle tissue of the uterus, at the site of a previous cesarean section scar.
It is an incredibly rare type of pregnancy that comes with severe complications including uterine rupture and uncontrollable bleeding.
This could lead to a hysterectomy, a surgical process in which the uterus is removed, and definitive infertility.
Incidence of CSP ranges between one in 1,800 pregnancies to one in 2,200 pregnancies, according to a 2011 case report.
In most cases, doctors use methotrexate, a chemotherapy drug, to terminate the pregnancy.
'They told me that I needed to terminate immediately because my life was at risk,' McCoy told DailyMail.com.
'They said if I gave birth, my uterus would rip open and I would go into shock and die...And I was like: "What are you talking about?"'
Just a year earlier, McCoy had lost her first son when he was just 77 days old due to a congenital heart disease, and she asked if there was any way to continue her pregnancy.
After a few hours of waiting, she met with doctors who had an alternative idea.
He said the team could potentially reimplant the fetus where it was meant to be in the uterus and reinforce the lower uterine segment, which is makes up the majority of the cervix and through which a baby passes during labor.
However it is much thinner among women who've had C-sections compared to vaginal deliveries.