A Greek doctor has photographed an extremely rare moment during a birth, showing a baby still encased inside the amniotic sac after it has been removed from the mother's body.
Dr Aris Tsigris published the photo of the newborn on his Facebook page on March 12 after delivering the baby via caesarean section in Amarousion, north of Athens.
Dr Tsigris said that the baby did not even realise it had been born yet.
Typically the amniotic sac breaks on its own during birth, which is commonly referred to as a mother's "water breaking".
Dr Tsigris said the chance of the amniotic sac remaining completely intact after birth was "ultra rare" and he was left "breathless" by the sight of the newborn.
The doctor said there was no risk to the baby as it was still feeding off the placenta and would begin to breathe as soon as the sac was broken.
The remarkable photo has since been shared more than 8000 times.
Author: Alys Francis. Approving editor: Nick Pearson.