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For Immediate Release:
June 15, 2017
Media Contact:
Kai Hill
Lidia Amoretti

UHealth Doctors Save the Lives of Mother and Unborn Baby after Life-Threating Abdominal Pregnancy

Baby girl, who survived floating in mother’s abdominal wall, was delivered via C-Section at the Women’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial Hospital.



Salih Yasin, MD, OB/GYN, University of Miami Health System
Teresa Del Moral, MD, Neonatologist, University of Miami Health System
Carmen Tudela, MD, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Jackson Medical Group
Joy Miller, Mother
John Dorvil, Father
Janelle Marie Dorvil, Baby


At 28-weeks, Joy Miller was enjoying a normal pregnancy. Just a few weeks earlier, Miller and her husband John Dorvil had celebrated a gender reveal party that confirmed they would be the proud parents of a second baby girl, due July 24.

“I was feeling great, and everything was going fine,” recalls Miller. “Everything was going according to plan. We were excited, and planning our baby shower for June.”

On the last week of April, the 33-year-old mom, who is a patient care tech at Jackson Memorial Long Term Care Center, started feeling unusual movements and kicks from her unborn baby.

“I felt the baby moving a lot; her kicks were getting more aggressive every time,” remembers Miller. “I didn’t think it was normal, and I felt like the baby was trying to tell me something.”

Miller decided to rush to Jackson North Medical Center’s emergency department to make sure the baby was doing well. Following additional ultrasounds and MRI’s, results revealed Miller’s uterus had ruptured – a very rare condition called abdominal pregnancy, which could cause the death of the mother and unborn child.

In Miller’s case, images showed the baby protruding through a defect in the wall of the uterus, and she was floating in her mother’s abdominal wall. Miller was immediately transferred to The Women’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial, where Salih Yasin, MD, a University of Miami Health System obstetrician/gynecologist at Jackson who specializes in high-risk pregnancies took over her care.

On May 2, a team of UHealth and Jackson doctors, multidisciplinary specialists, including neonatologists, staffed the operating room at Jackson Memorial Hospital for the emergency Cesarean section and hysterectomy. Baby Janelle Marie Dorvil, who weighed two pound, and 11 ounces, was immediately taken to the neonatal intensive care unit at Holtz Children’s Hospital to receive care.

“After I woke up from my surgery, I finally got to see pictures of my baby girl and broke down in tears,” said Miller. “She saved me, and she also saved her life. I am glad I did not ignore her signs.”

Even though the baby was named Janelle Marie, Miller says everyone has given her the nickname “Miracle.”

“I’m so thankful to Dr. Yasin. He’s truly a miracle worker,” said Miller. “I knew that my baby and I were in the best hands.”

Baby Janelle Marie, who now weighs four pounds, six ounces, is breathing and feeding on her own, and will finally get to go home on Monday, June 19.

When: June 14, 2017, 1:00 p.m.

Holtz Children’s Hospital
Family Waiting Room, 3135
1611 N.W. 12th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

Editor's Note:

Media can park in Ryder Trauma lot. A Jackson PR representative will greet you at 12:45 p.m. outside of Holtz Children’s Hospital Lobby.

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