Linda Ackley went to the hospital last Friday for a CT scan to examine what she thought was a painful hernia, according to ABC News. When an initial scan revealed she was pregnant, Ackley was informed that she would deliver a baby in several weeks. However, a second scan revealed that the baby needed to be delivered immediately. Ackley’s 10-pound baby was delivered that night.
Ackley told the Jackson Citizen Patriot that her new baby, named Kimberly Kay, is her “miracle child.” She and her husband, Mike, were previously told that they could not have children. Mike told the Patriot that he wishes someone would have snapped a picture of his face when he was told that he had become a father.
Linda was not able to tell that she was pregnant because of a medical issue that cropped up back in February 2011, according to CBS News. The 44-year-old woman was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, which is also known as the flesh-eating bacteria. Some of Linda’s stomach muscles had to be removed because of the infection. She told the Patriot that after dealing with necrotizing fasciitis she always attributed anything strange going on in her stomach to her surgery and never imagined that she could be pregnant.
Dr. Kimberly Gecsi, an OB-GYN at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, told ABCNews.com that surprise births are more common than one thinks. Dr. Gecsi said she deals with two or three surprise births on average every year. She acknowledged that surprise births mostly take place among teenagers who claim not to have sex.
In 2002, the BBC cited a study in which researchers discovered that surprise births are not uncommon. Researchers from Germany looked at so-called denied pregnancies, where a woman has not accepted or has been unaware of her pregnancy. They requested that hospitals and midwives in the Berlin area report cases of denied pregnancies.
Although they noted that they are not sure how valid their results are outside of the Berlin area, the researchers wrote in the British Medical Journal that “the common view that denied pregnancies are exotic and rare events is not valid.”
Despite Kimberly Kay’s good health, doctors point out that surprise births can be dangerous because neither the mom nor the child has received any prenatal care. Dr. Jennifer Ashton, a senior medical contributor for ABC News, told ABNews.com that women should be familiar with their own body and the way it changes.
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