‘Miracle’ baby Teddy defied the odds to survive
After losing her unborn baby because of an ectopic pregnancy Sadie Brittle, 32, was stunned months later when doctors discovered a hidden healthy fetus growing in the womb.
Sadie Brittle, 32, and husband Gary, 36, thought they had lost their second child just eight weeks into the pregnancy on April 26 this year.
It’s after astounded doctors discovered a second embryo developing normally in her uterus and realized she had what’s known as a heterotopic pregnancy.
This rare condition only affects one in every 30,000 women.
Sadie, a hairdresser, said: “I was coming back in the car from having some tests done and I felt really hot and my vision went all blurry.
“I went back to work and said I can’t cut anybody’s hair because I didn’t feel well. I
scared myself when I looked in the mirror because I’d gone white and my face was sweating – I felt like I was actually passing out.
“My friend at work called Gary and he called an ambulance, my blood pressure dropping was a sign of internal bleeding.
“I had two scans and they suspected it was a ectopic pregnancy so I had surgery that night to remove one of my fallopian tubes, as well as two blood transfusions.
“They said that babies in this situation are normally in the middle of the tube, but mine was right up near the top where all the blood vessels are.”
Sadie was in hospital for five days, on antibiotics and pain relief – but told she would still be able to have children because of the other tube.
After recovering from her surgery, the couple, together with their four-year-old daughter Summer, went to Spain on holiday.
As she lay on a sun lounger she realized her stomach was still “big and quite high up”.
Although a pregnancy test telling her she was pregnant, Sadie didn’t believe it.
“We called the midwife from Spain,” .
“She said it could either be a multiple birth or a few cells were left in my body after surgery which would make it look like I was still pregnant.
“I went to see my doctor when I got back and explained my situation and he couldn’t quite get his head around it. I had an ultrasound and you could hear a heartbeat.
“I went for a scan which showed that I was 19 weeks pregnant.
Rare HETEROTOPIC PREGNANCY
“Most people who have heterotopic pregnancies find out when they go for a ectopic scan, but mine wasn’t picked up due to being eight weeks pregnant – and because I was really poorly, they must have just focused on that problem.
“The midwife told us that in the 23 years she’s been working, she’s never come across it and that she’d only heard of it before.”
The couple, from Polesworth, Tamworth, Staffs., are now looking forward to the arrival of a baby boy, who they have already named Teddy, in November.
“The scans show that he’s healthy and I’ve been through it before so I’m just excited.”
Husband Gary, a building maintenance engineer, said: “To have this type of pregnancy is a one in 30,000 chance, so it’s a miracle.
“It was such mixed emotions, we’d gone through dealing with the loss of the baby and then all of a sudden to be told that we’ve got another baby in there. It makes me want to buy a lottery ticket every day.
“Our daughter Summer must have known something we didn’t because when we were on holiday we went in a shop and Summer pointed to some milk and said ‘we need to get some milk for the baby’.
“We tried to explain again that mummy was having a baby and now she’s not but Summer just started clenching her fists and gritting her teeth and said ‘you don’t understand, there is a baby,’ so she’s probably a bit psychic.”