San Diego Zoo Performs C-Section on Gorilla

Tiny baby gorilla is born with the assistance of medical technology.
3:00 | 03/15/14

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To a medical story involving this little girl, the tiny baby gorilla with a knitted hat on. A special delivery at the zoo in San Diego, born by c-section which is extremely rare in the animal kingdom and ABC's Sara Haines is wearing a matching dress this morning is here with the story. Good morning. In honor of our baby little girl, she was a very special delivery and hard fought one at that. Although c-sections account for one in three human births in the U.S. They are practically unheard of when it comes to gorillas. It's the incredible video that's captivating people around the world. The birth of this baby gorilla, a miracle in the animal kingdom. The video filmed by the San Diego zoo showing an emergency c-section performed not on a human, but on a gorilla. A mommy San Diego zoo's first-time mother in labor for 12 brutal hours when unexpected complications forced doctors to take drastic measures in an attempt to save both lives. The c-section was the right decision. We think that the health of the fetus would have been compromised if we delayed the surgery any longer. Reporter: C-sections may be an ordinary procedure for humans but they are extremely rare for gorillas and this is the first ever for San Diego zoo. The baby girl gorilla barely survived and is not out of the woods yet. Just two days into her fragile life after struggling to breathe, one of her lungs collapsed. Doctors rushed to save her in a grueling surgery. The procedure considered a success but she remains in critical condition. Doctors are monitoring her around the clock. She's extremely strong. She can grasp. She kicks. She looks around. She could hold her own head up which is pretty amazing. Now she's showing a lot of progress although still getting oxygen and she's starting to breathe as her lungs get stronger. So cute. Absolutely cute. I love your matching dress. Thank you. Very appropriate. Dressier story is my suggestion. Time now for air check of the

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