Mom Refused Suggested Abortion After Her Waters Broke At 16 Weeks, Gives Birth To Miracle Baby
September 22, 2014
Katy Evans was just 16 weeks pregnant when her waters suddenly broke. She was diagnosed with preterm prelabor rupture of membranes, where the amniotic fluid drains from a mother's womb.
Doctors told the 35-year-old her baby had a 1 percent chance of survival. But despite hearing the odds, Evans refused to abort her unborn child.
"I told her that no, I didn't want an abortion. I said that I wanted nature to take its course."
While resting in bed, she spent two days staying positive and researching the condition.
"I joined Facebook support groups on my phone, read medical papers and exchanged messages with other moms. I discovered that, in reality, there seemed to be a much higher rate of survival in these cases than the one per cent figure from official statistics. That gave me hope."
Evans was discharged from the hospital, with instructions to avoid any potential infection risks, such as having a bath or going swimming. Back home, she and her husband prepared themselves for the worst. But, to their relief, days passed and Evans didn't miscarry.
Two weeks later she returned to the Lister Hospital for a scan. It revealed the unbelievable had happened. Evans' waters had replenished in her womb, after the rupture healed. Doctors told the couple they had never seen a case like this before.
Doctors warned that there was still a high risk on infection and that her waters could break again. As weeks went by and the pregnancy progressed, every week felt like a huge milestone. And when her waters broke again, she was almost 34 weeks into her pregnancy.
Their son Leo was born at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, six weeks early weighing 4lbs 13oz. He spent 24 hours in an incubator in the special care unit and was allowed home after five days.
Eight-months later, Leo is thriving, weighing 17lbs.
"We feel unbelievably lucky," said Evans. "It's just over a year now since I was sitting in that hospital bed, waiting for a miscarriage. We're all so blessed and grateful to have him. He's a very special little boy."
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