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Woman Rushes to Hospital with Kidney Stones, But Surprise Baby Is Actually Cause of Pain

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The world is filled with wild and woolly occurrences, and one of the oddest has to be that of the cryptic pregnancy. Sometimes women have no idea that they’re pregnant until — surprise! — a baby simply shows up on the scene.

These cases usually involve some underlying medical issue. Sometimes, though, they happen with no discernible reason just like in the case of a young woman from Louisiana.

According to a GoFundMe campaign, Grace Mawn from Bossier City, Louisiana, was living the typically busy life of a young, married 20-something. She worked as catering manager at a local Chick-fil-A, and her husband, Bryson, served as an Airman First Class in the Air Force.



A baby didn’t factor into their plans. So when Grace began to experience extreme abdominal pain, her husband took her to the emergency room, thinking she suffered from some sort of common medical mishap.

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“I was like, ‘O.K., you probably have kidney stones, you’re going to be fine,'” Bryson told KSLA. However, Grace said, “I knew when I felt something down there, and it wasn’t a kidney stone.”

She was right: She was about to give birth, but until then she’d had no idea she was pregnant.

Bryson recounted how after being assigned a room, the doctor and nurse couldn’t figure out the reason for the pain. The doctor then requested for Grace to lay on her back for a ladies exam.

“The second, she laid down her water broke.” Not long after that, little Micaela Grace Mawn entered the world.

Bryson was in shock.

“They said ‘It’s a girl,’ and she starts crying and the moment I heard that cry I was like ‘How is she alive? What is going on?’” he said.



The young husband had plenty of reason for consternation. Grace hadn’t gained any appreciable weight during her pregnancy.

She’d taken a pregnancy test in January, which had come back negative, and then had gone on birth control. The fact that she had continued to experience her normal cycle made the whole thing even more baffling.

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How does such a thing happen? News Medical offers several hypotheses, including one called somatic denial.



This psychological theory proposes “that the woman strongly though involuntarily denies the presence of any abnormality in her body or physiological functions.” But the site also acknowledged, “this does not explain how the woman continues to have regular monthly periods throughout the pregnancy.”

The Mawns have no idea how tiny Micaela came to be, but they know one thing: She’s a blessing.

In fact, her name means “gift from God.”

Grace said, “Whenever I look at her, I’m just like, ‘How the heck did that happen?’

“But I’m super grateful, and I love her to death,” she added. “I’m happy.”

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A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine.
A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine. Most days find him crafting copy for corporate and small-business clients, but he also occasionally indulges in creative writing. His short fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines. Loren currently lives in south Florida with his wife and three children.
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