Ebony Stevenson never expected when she woke up four days later that a little one would be waiting to be held in her mother's arms.
Imagine that you went to bed as usual after a long day and when you woke up the next day, you're pregnant! Crazy, isn't it? Though it may sound impossible, there is one person in this world who's experienced it. When Ebony Stevenson went to bed with a bad headache, she had no idea that her life was about to change. She woke up as a mother!
The 18-year-old was born with two uteruses, a rare condition known as uterus didelphys. According to Mayo Clinic, women with this unique condition find it hard to conceive and carry a baby full time resulting in miscarriage or premature birth. Ebony is one of the 3,000 women who have a double uterus but are unaware of it.
The Sports Physiotherapy student suffered none of the symptoms that a pregnant woman suffers. The position of the other uterus and the baby tucked inside was such that not even a baby bump was visible. She had no problem with the menstrual cycles either, which hid the fact of her being pregnant even further.
It was not until the night of December 2, 2018, that she became aware of something being wrong with her body. Ebony was suffering from a severe headache and ended up calling her 39-year-old mother, Sheree. Recalling the events of that day, she said, "At around 10 pm that night I heard Ebony shout down to me that her headache had gotten really bad. She started being sick so I rushed her into the bathroom and before I knew it she was having a seizure on the bathroom floor." She continued, "I rang 999 immediately as she'd never had anything like this before," reported The Daily Mail.
Before she was rushed to Royal Oldham Hospital, Greater Manchester, she suffered five more seizures. The paramedics who had arrived at the scene along with the ambulance knew immediately that Ebony was pregnant. Sheree couldn't believe what she was hearing and denied any possibility of her daughter being pregnant. She said, "Despite me insisting she couldn't be pregnant, the paramedics were certain she was, and to my shock, a bump had appeared at her stomach. They think the ferocity of the seizures could have caused the baby to move, making it suddenly visible."
The doctors on examination concluded that Ebony had experienced the seizures, triggered by preeclampsia and that an emergency cesarean had to be performed. On December 3, the oblivious teenager became a mother to a beautiful and healthy 7lbs 10ozs baby girl.
While Ebony was in her induced coma, Shereen took care of the baby. "It was a strange moment because I had no time to prepare for it," she confessed and continued, "I was over the moon that she was happy and healthy, but couldn't help but worry about my own little girl who remained in a coma."
Three days later, when the college student from Oldham, Greater Manchester, woke up, she was shocked by the news. She said, "When I woke up I remember the nurses telling me I had a baby, and before I knew it they'd put her on my chest." She continued, "It sounds awful now, but I asked them to take her away as I was so confused and sure they'd made a mistake." Shereen comforted her confused daughter and walked her through the events.
The nurses then carefully placed the miracle baby in Ebony's arms for a second time. She said, "Although I was so confused—and pretty scared—it was a beautiful moment and she was so quiet. I didn't think I even wanted kids, at least not for another 10 years and never expected to be a young mum."
Ebony learned that she had two uteruses, only one of which had a fallopian tube that could carry an egg, which means it is a miracle that she had managed to conceive and carry a baby that doctors believe is full-term judging by her birth weight. She named her daughter Elodie.
They say some kids don't even know they're born...— ITV Granada Reports (@GranadaReports) February 19, 2019
Tonight at 6pm we'll be bringing you the story of baby Elodie. Mum Ebony Stevenson from Oldham didn't have any symptoms of pregnancy, went to bed feeling unwell...and woke up from a coma to find out she had a 4 day old baby. pic.twitter.com/bGnoIj7t9g
Confessing about her feelings about the whole situation, she said, "Waking up from a coma to be told I had been pregnant and had given birth to a baby girl was overwhelming, to say the least. Meeting my baby was so surreal. It felt like an out of body experience." Gushing about Elodie she continued, "I worried I wouldn't bond with my daughter because I had no time to get my head around her arrival, but I think she's amazing. It's an absolute miracle. I wouldn't change Elodie for the world,"
The new mother and her daughter were discharged after being kept under observation until December 13. Sheree shared, "Ebony has taken to being a mum so well, she's a natural and little Elodie is an absolute beauty—we couldn't love her more if we tried." On the other hand, Ebony is excited by her new role and said, "Although I had no time to prepare... I'm so excited to wake up and see her every morning, and to get to spend another day with my precious little miracle."