The last things Emily Morgan expected while on her cruise to Puerto Rico was to give birth, but on a cruise ship in the Pacific ocean, 1.5 lb Haiden Morgan was born.

28 year old Emily wasn’t expected to give birth until December, but her contractions started on August 31st in the middle of a seven day cruise around the Caribbean, according to the Independent.

At first Emily thought her contractions were false labor, but she and her husband Chase called the ship’s medical staff when she saw blood.

“I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t really comprehend how wrong. I didn’t think about what the possibilities were. All I knew was I was going to have a baby,” she told the Washington Post.

After she delivered, the doctors told Emily she had miscarried.

“I had felt him kicking. I felt the process of him getting bigger,” she said. “I said, ‘I’m going to see him, I don’t care if he’s alive or if he’s dead.”

Against all odds, little Haiden had survived.

The Captain sped the boat to Port in Puerto Rico, where it arrived two hours earlier than scheduled.

Haiden is now in a Miami children’s hospital and is making good progress, though he is expected to be hospitalized until at least Dec 19th, his original due date.

“The doctors really tell us that he’s a miracle baby,” said Morgan. “It’s a miracle he’s here.”

The Morgans are optimistic about their son’s chances of living a normal life.

We’ve hit rock bottom of not knowing what was going to happen. We were on a cruise ship hearing he was going to die,” Emily said. “And now he’s 24 days old and he still is fighting.”

“We can smile about that.”

Emily Abbey is a Salem based student and writer. She loves cooking, coffee, and anything to do with the Pacific Northwest. She hopes to become a teacher, influencing students to write and make a difference in their corner of the world.