Natalie Whitefox experienced heartbreaking miscarriage after miscarriage. Doctors removed one of her fallopian tubes after two ectopic pregnancies, then she had four more miscarriages.
Whitefox told The Mirror that she began to think she would never have any more children. She was only 27.
In January 2013, when she discovered that she was pregnant again, doctors gave her more devastating news: she was suffering from another ectopic pregnancy that was endangering her life.
An ectopic pregnancy involves situations where the developing unborn child implants into tissue other than the uterine wall, where a baby normally develops during pregnancy. Most ectopic pregnancies occur in the fallopian tube, but implantation can also occur in the cervix, ovaries and abdomen. When an ectopic pregnancy occurs, the developing baby can sometimes implant in an area that adversely affects a woman’s blood vessels and causes bleeding that could become life threatening to her.
In Natalie’s case, doctors removed her remaining fallopian tube and, they thought, her unborn baby; but 24 hours later, doctors detected a heartbeat in Nataile’s womb, according to the report.
The report continues:
Miraculously, just before the surgery, the tiny embryo had travelled through to her womb. And it wasn’t just one baby – Natalie was pregnant with twins.
She said: “I was stunned. It was the best news. We had gone from believing we had lost our baby to discovering we were having twins. We had no idea how but somehow our babies had survived. I just sobbed and sobbed but this time they were tears of happiness.”
Natalie, from Hunsworth, West Yorkshire, [England], was just 18 when she was diagnosed with endometriosis, which affects the lining of the womb.
She feared she would never be able to carry a baby to term so was overjoyed when she gave birth to son, Harry, now five, in October 2010.
Natalie needed further operations but she and partner Ros Whitehead, 30 , a data analyst, would not give up hope.
But over the next two years Natalie suffered two heartbreaking ectopic pregnancies, losing both babies, and resulting in her first fallopian tube being removed.
When doctors discovered that Natalie was still pregnant after her second fallopian tube was removed, they warned her not to get her hopes up too much. Doctors said there was a high risk of miscarriage. But her twins, Heidi and Halle, were born healthy in August 2013. They weighed 4 lbs 7 ounces and 5 lbs 0.5 ounces, the report states.
This Christmas, Natalie and Ros married, and their two miracle twins walked them down the aisle.
“The day was absolutely perfect. We couldn’t have been happier. It felt like all our Christmas’s had come at once,” Natalie said. “We feel so blessed to have three beautiful children and it meant to much that they were there to help celebrate our very special day.”
Ectopic pregnancies often mean death for mother or her unborn child, but LifeNews has documented several other cases of babies and moms surviving the tragic diagnosis. In 2008, an Australian woman gave birth to a baby girl who was ectopic. Doctors called her a miracle baby and said the chances of both mother and baby surviving were a million to one. In another case, a mother in Missouri gave birth to a baby girl in 2013 after a rare, undiscovered ectopic pregnancy.