'Special' baby grew outside womb
A baby girl has survived and been delivered by emergency Caesarean after growing
in her mother's abdomen.
Doctors at Lister Hospital in Stevenage only realised Millie-An Pittman was in
the wrong place when her mother Lisa was admitted for a caesarian operation.
The 27-year-old, from Letchworth in Hertfordshire, had been told she would find
it hard to have children.
Baby Millie-An, whose name is a play on the words "one in a million", was
delivered weighing 8lb 7oz.
Despite repeated scans during pregnancy, Millie-An's position beneath her
mother's stomach was never noticed.
Ms Pittman, who lost 12 pints of blood and needed emergency surgery after the
birth, including a bowel operation, said it was only after surgery that the
truth became clear.
"I only fully realised what had happened when I came round in intensive care. I
had a lot to take in because I had a hysterectomy as well," she said.
"I didn't meet my daughter until three days after she was born because I was
very poorly, but when I saw her I was just overwhelmed and I went into mummy
Millie-An Pittman weighed 8lb 7oz at birth
"I'm just happy to be alive and I'm in love with my daughter.
I don't feel as though I've lost anything, I've just gained.
"She is my one in a million and that's why I called her Mille-An."
Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Douglas Salvesen said Lisa's case was
"The odds against one going undetected, reaching full term and for the baby to
be delivered and the mother to survive are literally huge," he said.
"In so many ways Millie-An is a very special baby indeed and it's great to hear
that she and Lisa are doing so well."
Bowel baby born safely
The scan failed to reveal the baby's position
A baby girl has been born after developing outside her mother's womb in the
lining of the bowel.
Doctors did not know that the pregnancy was ectopic until the day of delivery.
The child had a 95% chance of dying before delivery and the mother had a 10%
chance of death.
The mother, 42, required an extensive blood transfusion after the baby was
delivered by Caesarian Section.
However, both mother - who had been told by her GP that she would never have a
baby - and child are now doing well.
The baby was delivered at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham by surgeon
He said: "We did not know until the day of section that this baby was outside
the womb. It was an absolute shock."
Doctors thought that an abnormality on the scan was fibroid, or benign tumour,
growing on the woman's cervix. In fact, it was the woman's unused womb.
The embryo had implanted in a layer of fat covering the lining of the bowel
called the omentum, from which it was able to draw its nutrition.
Mr Lawrence Mascarenhas carried out the surgery
However, this meant that the medical team had to negotiate the tricky procedure
of separating the afterbirth from the layer of fat.
Mr Mascarenhas said: "The mother was awake for the delivery but we then had to
put her under and call a bowel surgeon in and the two of us removed the
He admitted that it was only decided to deliver the infant by Caesarean because
it had not fully turned and was lying across its mother.
Mr Mascarenhas said such a pregnancy, known as an abdominal ectopic pregnancy,
occured in one in 10,000 births.
"The baby was absolutely fine from the moment of birth, and has not required
intensive care. We are all delighted."