When an Indiana woman began suffering severe lower back pains, her family rushed her to the hospital, thinking she was having gallstones or appendicitis. Turns out she was in labor.
Mandy Batchelor, 33, said she had no signs of pregnancy except for lower back pain, from which she often suffers due to long days on her feet working on an assembly line.
“Back pain is not unusual for her due to working on her feet on the concrete," her husband, Josh Cox, told the Greencastle Banner-Graphic. "Some days are better than others, but she had new shoes on so she figured it [would] take some time to break them in."
But she walked out of the hospital carrying a healthy baby boy, weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces.
“We had no idea,” Batchelor said. "It was just like, ‘When did that happen?’ I mean we knew nothing, showed no signs of it."
Everyone in the hospital was shocked when Batchelor’s water broke. At that point, all that was left to do was pick a name.
“Our surprise miracle baby's name is General Lee Jacob Cox," said the dad.
"'General Lee' is my mom's grandpa, and Jacob was my dad's grandpa," Cox explained. "So both my great-grandpas. I just put them together, plus it goes along, I have a General Lee car, so it just all worked out."
The family says that friends and family members thought the announcement of their surprise baby “was a joke.”
“A lot of our friends and family have brought us a lot and have helped a bunch," Cox said. "Now we just have to get a room decorated."