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.