Teenager Rushed To Hospital With Suspected Appendicitis Gives Birth To Surprise Baby
Imagine one minute being a carefree teenager and the next you're holding your newborn baby you had no idea was on its way.
That's exactly what happened to one 17-year-old, who was rushed to hospital with suspected appendicitis and was stunned to find out she was actually in labour.
Courtney Evans had no idea she was pregnant, as she had no noticeable baby bump, but after finding out the news, she had delivered a surprise baby boy just seven hours later.
She had to stay in hospital for four days after the birth to recover from the shock. Unsurprising, really, given the surprising enormity of how her life had just changed overnight.
The teen had been taking the contraceptive pill, so when she started experiencing stomach pains, at first she assumed she was having period pains, but when they intensified, her partner Bryn Tallett and his mum Fiona Hibbs rushed her to hospital fearing she had appendicitis.
Courtney, from Daventry, Northants explained that doctors had no idea what was wrong either at first, but soon delivered the news she was 34 weeks pregnant and in labour.
They cited the reason for the lack of bump was due to her baby being positioned "back to back".
Her periods however had stopped - a sign of pregnancy - but she put this down to the side effects of the contraceptive pill.
She also had put on a little weight, but Courtney claims her weight always fluctuates and because the weight didn't go to her stomach and she was taking the pill, she was clueless to her impending labour.
In the early hours of the morning of the supposed appendicitis, Courtney was "on and off asleep" as the pain kept waking her. Eventually she woke up Bryn, now 22.
She said: "We walked round to his mum's to see what she thought and she took me to hospital thinking it was my appendix.
"When we went into A&E though they didn't know the cause of the pain either, so they gave me morphine thinking it was my appendix.
"They didn't know because he was back-to-back so I didn't have a normal bump like you usually have with a pregnancy - my stomach hadn't changed at all.
"I'd put on weight, but it wasn't what you would usually expect if you were pregnant.
"I'm a bit bigger anyway so it wasn't just on my stomach, you wouldn't look at me and think I was pregnant, it was very weird.
"Another doctor came to look at me and felt my stomach and did a scan, they looked at me and said, 'that's your baby'.
"I remember saying 'are you joking?'."
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Just hours later, Leo Tallett who weighed 4lb 4oz was born in Northampton General Hospital.
"They put him on me and I couldn't hold him at first. It wasn't that I didn't love him, but I was in so much shock," she said.
"I just needed a minute after giving birth to the child I didn't know I had. So when everyone was going 'here's your baby boy', I was just thinking, 'oh god, I don't know what to do'."
She then stayed in hospital so staff could keep an eye on the young mum who was shell shocked, but despite her initial reaction, she now "wouldn't change it for the world".
Courtney, said: "Now, he's my little best friend.
Mum-of-one Courtney said said: "Leo also came out in his bag [in tact amniotic sac], it's rare and people say it's lucky.
"He had nothing wrong with him, everything was perfect, and he didn't have jaundice."
She was pleased little Leo was fine but she had nothing prepared - not even a single nappy and was living with her parents at that point in September 2016.
She commented: "My mum and dad had to go out and buy everything".
And when Courtney returned home, she had to learn quickly from her own mum how to take care of a newborn baby something that took her a while to adjust.
Courtney, now 20, added: "Everybody told me I took to it really well, the first couple of weeks is just a blur to me looking back.
"I've never been around newborns in my family. My partner dealt with it a lot better than I did as I was in a lot more shock than he was.
"He held him and fed him and changed him straight away, but he's been brought up with little brothers. I'd never dealt with a baby in my life."
"My family were amazing, parents can react in any way but I couldn't have done it without them and they helped us with buying things.
"I was living at their house so they got a room ready for him."
Looking back, Courtney says it's "mad" she didn't know.
She said: "Contraceptives aren't 100 percent anyway, there's still a chance of getting pregnant."
And despite Leo being the "best thing that's ever happened to her" she certainly doesn't want to be shocked like that again, so she's back on contraception, admitting she's not ready for another baby just yet.
She said: "I've been on the injections since I've had him and that seems to work for me, but different things work for different people."
"I was worried about the pill not working and I wanted something to be a bit more secure."
We're not surprised she's a little sceptical, what a shocker!
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