Life is full of surprises. From day to day events to lifelong changes, God is the only one who truly knows what the future holds.
Few of us, though, will ever experience a surprise as dramatic as the one Ebony Stevenson received when she awoke from a coma.
According to The Independent, the 18-year-old student from Oldham, Greater Manchester, England, had a bad headache in the opening days of Dec. 2018. She decided to do the sensible thing when your head is pounding: She went to sleep.
That was the last thing she would recall for four long days. On Dec. 2, she experienced multiple seizures, and they got so bad that her mother called emergency services.
Fox News reported that her mother was riding with her in the ambulance on the way to the hospital when she noticed something strange. The paramedics noticed it, too.
Stevenson had a bump in her stomach, a bump that hadn’t been there a day ago — a bump that looked suspiciously like a pregnancy. But her mother knew that was impossible because Stevenson had been experiencing monthly periods.
Well, it turned out that the impossible had actually happened. After doctors placed Stevenson into a medically induced coma, they examined her and found something astonishing.
She actually had a condition dubbed uterus didelphys, meaning she had two uteruses. One uterus contained her unborn child, while the other facilitated menstruation.
Stephenson was also suffering from undiagnosed preeclampsia, which can cause life-threatening spikes in blood pressure. That was what had led to her headache and seizures.
While she was in a coma, doctors delivered her baby, a girl who she later named Elodie, via Caesarean section. Needless to say, the young mother was in for a shock when she awoke.
“Meeting my baby was so surreal,” Stephenson said. “It felt like an out of body experience.
“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. It sounds awful now, but I asked them to take her away as I was so confused and sure they’d made a mistake.
“But my mum explained it all to me while the nurses were there, and they gave my little girl back to me to hold properly for the first time. … 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.”
Stephenson plans to return to school in February. She also said that she “wouldn’t change what’s happened for the world.”
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