A woman who was admitted to the hospital to have her ovaries removed was eventually released with her ovaries intact. Oh, and a 32-week-old baby.
Rebecca Oldham, 25, had three scans, two blood tests and six pregnancy tests in order to explain the severe cramping she had endured. Yet, somehow, she had never been able to detect her pregnancy.
“I was facing not being able to have any more children because they thought there were problems with my ovaries,” Oldham said, “and all of a sudden we have a son.”
Doctors have described Oldham’s case as extremely rare and are currently investigating how the pregnancy could have been missed.
According to obstetrician Dr. Martin Sowter, errors can often occur in home pregnancy urine tests, but a hospital blood test would always show some of the HCG pregnancy hormone after gestation.
Sowter admitted that in some cases it can be difficult finding the uterus in an extremely overweight or obese patient, but that even then a 32-week-old fetus could easily be seen.
Finally, Sowter added that things gone unseen are usually attributed to a person who does not know how to use the equipment or who looked at another patient’s file.
Just before performing an emergency cesarean, doctors woke Oldham up to inform her that she would be having a child, not losing her ovaries.
“Even though it was short notice, it was better than waking up and being handed a baby,” Oldham said.
Doctors later attributed Oldham’s stomach pains, misinterpreted as menstrual cramps, to the child being lodged tightly along her back. During the caesarean, surgeons were forced to use forceps to remove the baby.
Oldham admitted that she struggled at first to feed her son since she had not had time to emotionally or mentally prepare for the moment. At night, when she heard a baby cry, she assumed it was her daughter and then remembered her son.
Having had some time to adjust, Oldham now reports that James is a good baby and has a half a mouth of teeth already.