A teenager in the United Kingdom woke up from a coma and learned she gave birth to a surprise baby. Four days earlier Ebony Stevenson suffered a headache and went to sleep. While sleeping, she fell into a coma. At the hospital, doctors determined she was pregnant and performed an emergency c-section.
According to Ebony, she had no idea she was pregnant. On a December evening, she went to bed feeling very sick. While sleeping Ebony suffered multiple seizures.
Her mother, Sherree, called for emergency assistance after finding her daughter seizing. When paramedics arrived, they told Sherree that they believed Ebony was pregnant. Her mother didn’t believe them because Ebony continued to menstruate and didn’t have a pregnant belly.
However, medics lifted her shirt and pointed to her protruding stomach. Shocked with the news of the surprise pregnancy, Sheree and medics rushed to the hospital for help.
At the hospital, doctors determined that the teen had two uteruses — the rare condition called uterus didelphys. Women with the condition have two uteruses, cervixes, and can have two vaginas.
Because of her rare condition, one of the uteruses continued to menstruate, and the other carried an infant. The womb that carried the baby was positioned toward her back. As a result, Ebony never developed a bump from the pregnancy.
Tests performed at the hospital determined that the seizure’s the teen experienced were the result of pre-eclampsia. Doctors feared for the teen’s life and told Sherree that Ebony would need an emergency c-section.
Doctors delivered a 7 pound 10-ounce baby girl. Despite Ebony’s lack of prenatal care, the baby appeared completely healthy.
Four days after the baby was born, the teen woke up from her coma. When she woke up, she learned she had given birth to a baby. Ebony told the BBC that the experience was completely overwhelming.
“Meeting my baby was so surreal. It felt like an out-of-body experience,” she said.
“I worried I wouldn’t bond with my daughter because I had no time to get my head around her arrival, but I think she’s amazing.
“It’s an absolute miracle. I wouldn’t change Elodie for the world.”
After learning about her baby, she said that the doctors placed Elodie on her chest.
“It sounds awful now, but I asked them to take her away as I was so confused and sure they’d made a mistake,” she said.
“But my mum explained it all to me while the nurses were there and they gave my little girl back to me to hold properly for the first time.Although I was so confused – and pretty scared – it was a beautiful moment and she was so quiet.”
Due to the baby’s size, doctors believe that the baby was full-term. The young mother considers her daughter a miracle. Even though her life has completely changed, Ebony plans to continue attending college. She is currently working on a degree in physiotherapy at Hopwood College.
Ebony is extremely lucky she survived the seizures brought on by pre-eclampsia. Pre-eclampsia can become life-threatening for both the mother and the infant when not properly monitored by a physician. Risks associated with pre-eclampsia include fetal growth restriction, organ failure, cardiovascular disease, placental abruption, and stroke.
When not monitored women and babies can die from the complication.
Thankfully, Ebony and Elodie survived. Ebony may have been surprised to become a mother, but she is embracing motherhood and loves her daughter.
*Katie Joy is a columnist and hosts Without A Crystal Ball on Patheos Non-Religious Channel. She writes articles on parenting, disability advocacy, debunking pseudoscience, atheism, and crimes against women and children.
She co-hosts the YouTube show, “The Smoking Nun,” with Kyle Curtis. The show airs weekly and tackles pseudoscience, current events, and crime stories.
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