Stories of women who are pregnant and didn’t know it are ubiquitous — and there even a television show devoted to the entire phenomenon. But a story out of New Zealand takes this to another level.
Rebecca Oldham had stomach pain for months and underwent many tests to determine the cause without anything conclusive. She ultimately had three scans, two blood tests and six pregnancy tests but none revealed the pregnancy so it was eventually decided her ovaries were responsible and doctors decided removing them was the best course of action.
During surgery to remove them, surgeons found a healthy baby boy and they briefly woke her up during surgery to inform her that the surgery would be changed to a C-section. Baby James is now a healthy seven-month-old and an investigation is underway to discover how the pregnancy could have been missed.
Here are the details on this fascinating case:
A mother who went into surgery to have her ovaries removed has spoken of her total shock after doctors discovered a 9lb baby growing inside her.
Rebecca Oldham, 25, was admitted to hospital with severe abdominal cramping and was due to undergo surgery to remove her ovaries as these were deemed to be the cause of her discomfort.
But, when surgeons opened her up, they found a full-term baby boy inside her.
Ms Oldham, from New Zealand, told the New Zealand Herald: ‘I was facing not being able to have any more children because they thought there were problems with my ovaries, and all of a sudden we had a son.’
Ms Oldham says she had had months of stomach cramps and had undergone intensive testing.
She had three scans, two blood tests and six pregnancy tests as doctors attempted to establish the cause of her pain.
Eventually, she was admitted to Middlemore Hospital, in Manukau City, in November last year for surgery.
Surgeons were shocked to discover a healthy baby inside her and woke her up briefly to tell her the operation was being changed to an emergency caesarean.
Ms Oldham, and her partner James Tipene, were already parents to Hayley, now 20 months, when baby James was born.
Mr Oldham told the New Zealand Herald: ‘I am so glad they woke me and told me I was going to have another baby.