Oh, wow!

I’m trying to wrap my brain around this — a woman goes in for a C-section, and when they cut her open, the doctors discover that her baby wasn’t in her uterus at all! The baby had implanted in her ovary. Here’s the full story. Usually, most babies don’t survive an ectopic pregnancy. “Ectopic” just means that it’s outside of the uterus; the typical ectopic pregnancy implants in the fallopian tubes, but not always. As the baby grows, the fallopian tube bursts, and emergency surgery is required to save the mother’s life. This is why almost all pro-life advocates don’t have a problem with abortion in the case of ectopic pregnancies — the likelihood that the baby could live is practically zero, while the likelihood that the mother will die is quite high. It’s not 100%, though. If the implantation happens in the fallopian tube, and the baby manages to grow in the uterus or in the abdominal cavity (as opposed to within the tube itself), then it is possible for the baby to survive. Still, it’s something that should only be attempted with close medical supervision. But here’s something that threw me for a loop — the woman had had an ultrasound midway through her pregnancy, and the ultrasound didn’t pick up that the baby wasn’t even in her uterus.

My thanks to Real Choice for the link to the story.

It reminds me of another story I saw on TV several years ago (I think it was Discovery Health, and the woman was British). She knew she was having twins, and then a late ultrasound discovered a third baby outside her uterus in her abdomen. Because of some complications or high risk of complications, they delivered the babies by C-section at 7 months of gestation, and all survived. They have a name for that condition — when a woman has an intrauterine and and extrauterine pregnancy — heterotopic.

Just thought y’all might like that story.

Update! — I was able to find the story about the ectopic triplet with intra-uterine twins.


5 Responses

  1. This is a cool story; although, I have read several similar to this one. I have read stories about girls having more than one uterus, and having a baby in each of them. I’ve even read where there were two babies in one of the wombs, and a baby in the other womb. How cool is that? I think that kind of mystery is not only amazing and remarkable, but a God-send. I can’t explain what I mean by saying God-send, so I hope you understand what I mean. In every sense of the word, having something like that happen without all the “booszwah” (?) is apparent divine success. Thanks for reminding me of these blessed/lucky women.


  2. I just read that story, and, like I said, what a God-send! This was definitely divine intervention to the fullest, and since there was no human knowledge or interference with this baby/birth, I call this a true miracle! Thanks for the link. The baby is beautiful, and I can only hope that the mother understands how blessed she is. Of course, this is just my opinion … *sigh*


  3. Very interesting…

    But, what the heck is a “routine Caesarean section”?

  4. I was a little disturbed by the “routine C-section” comment I read in the story, but there wasn’t enough to go on. I thought it maybe was a repeat C-section, or an elective C-section, or possibly that labor didn’t progress (since there was no baby to press on the cervix to help dilation), but didn’t know for sure. Regardless, I assumed that the “routine” bit was mostly just to play up the fact that it was expected to be a normal C-section, and it ended up being most profoundly abnormal. This article, however, provides a glimmer into the possible reason for the C-section in the first place — the doctor planned on removing a uterine fibroid which had been seen on the scans. Probably what that means is that the ultrasound technician just assumed the baby was inside the uterus, and when s/he saw the real uterus, thought it was just a fibroid. Although I don’t know for sure, it now seems most likely that the doctor wanted to remove the fibroid so talked the woman into having a C-section for the birth, since it would be easier for him (and possibly an easier recovery for her) to just go ahead and do the fibroid removal and baby removal at the same time. There may have been some other medical concerns, such as the fibroid interfering with labor somehow.

  5. […] recently, I read about another woman (also from India), who found out during a routine C-section that her baby wasn’t in her womb, […]

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