The holiday week last December 2016 went on casually for Adelle Duncan, a 23 year-old care worker in Aberdeen. On the 23rd day of the month, she worked double shift, picked up some last minute shopping, ate dinner at a fast food chain, and headed home.
At around 10:30 that night, Adelle felt terrible stomach pain that wouldn’t go away. When she started bleeding, her mom finally called the paramedics. Adelle was rushed to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
The findings revealed that it wasn’t spoiled food or chronic illness that caused her stomach ache. It turned out that Adelle was actually carrying a baby! On that very night, she ended up in the delivery room. After six strong pushes, she finally gave birth to a healthy baby girl weighing 7 lbs 1.5oz. She named her Macie.
Having constant irregular menstruation, Adelle didn’t ever suspect that she was pregnant. Some months before Macie’s birth, she even consumed alcohol and smoked heavily each day. On top of that, she was also doing strenuous activities, being a care worker. These included helping people or lifting them in and out of bed and bathing them.
Right after seeing her baby, Adelle said that she love her instantly, though she was unaware that Macie was growing inside her tummy.
Adelle’s case is referred to as “surprise birth”. It is a rare incident. In fact, stats show that it only happens in one of 80,000 pregnancies on average.