Ectopic pregnancy miracle story in the DAILY MAIL
Mum beats 50,000 to one odds to have healthy baby – after experiencing a normal pregnancy AND a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy at the same time.
Callie had emergency operation for ectopic pregnancy.
But unbeknown to medics, a twin was hiding in her uterus. She survived and is healthy.
Rare complication is known as Heteroptic pregnancy.
At five months old little Emmie is the bonniest of babies. But as mum Callie Martin told me when she came to Featureworld to tell her extraordinary story to the world, her adorable daughter’s beaming smile belies an extraordinary fight to be born.
For incredibly Emmie survived not only her mother’s ectopic pregnancy but emergency surgery to save her mother’s life – and all while she was still in the womb.
Mum Callie Martin, 26 miscarried three babies before conceiving Emmie. And she and partner Kailan Broughton, 24, an engineer were ‘simply devastated’ when at eight weeks pregnant she once again began to miscarry.
Worse when they got to hospital doctors confirmed Miss Martin had an ectopic pregnancy.
The potentially fatal condition – where the baby develops in the fallopian tube instead of the uterus – meant Miss Martin had to undergo an emergency operation to remove it and save her life.
But four weeks after the grief stricken mother began suffering stomach pains.
Thinking it was a complication following her emergency surgery she was rushed to Queen Elizabeth hospital, Woolwich, for an ultrasound scan.
It was then doctors discovered Miss Martin had unknowingly conceived twins. Tragically one twin had developed in the fallopian tube – resulting in the life-threatening ectopic pregnancy that had to be removed.
But during that surgery brave little Emmie, who had been too tiny an embryo to be picked up on the earlier scan, had been hiding – a rare condition known as a Heteroptic pregnancy.
Last night cradling Emmie, her mother said: ‘When doctors told me I was still pregnant I thought they must have got it wrong.
‘But when they showed me the scan and I saw Emmie’s heart beating, I was just overcome with joy.
‘The condition is so rare that although doctors said they’d heard of it, no-one had ever actually seen it before.
‘My consultant said usually surgery to save my life would have killed the other embryo and induced a miscarriage. So it truly is miraculous that Emmie is alive.’
She added: “When I found out I was still pregnant I thought I was dreaming. I was devastated when I suffered the ectopic pregnancy. We’d already suffered three miscarriages and it felt as if I’d never be a mum.
‘Kailan rushed from work to be with me and when he saw me crying, he was sick with worry. He immediately thought something was terribly wrong. But I was crying with joy.’
Thankfully scans showed despite her dramatic start in the uterus, Emmie was growing without problem.
Adds Miss Martin: ‘Finding out Emmie was fine was a huge relief because after the ectopic pregnancy I’d been extremely unwell. Not only did I need a lot of pain relief but a week later I had to go back to hospital with an infection.’
But in 50,000 to one odds, the rest of the pregnancy was trouble-free. And Emmie was finally born healthy weighing 6Ibs.
Says her mother: ‘I didn’t stop worrying all through my pregnancy so bringing her home from hospital was extra special.
“But it doesn’t seem to have affected her at all as she is the most laid, back smiley baby.
‘I know every mum thinks their baby is special but baby Emmie truly is our miracle.’
Callie’s amazing story has now been placed with TWO top women’s magazines and she, her partner and of course baby Emmie will be appearing on TV!
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