Parents discover a hidden twin after their miscarriage
32-year-old hairstylist Sadie Brittle is the mother of Summer, a very cute four-year-old girl. Sadie was thrilled when she learned that she was pregnant again. Finally a little brother or sister for Summer!
But after only eight weeks of pregnancy, she lost the baby. It was an ectopic pregnancy, where the embryo develops outside the uterus, so she had a miscarriage. It was a real blow for Sadie as well as for Summer and her dad, Gary.
While she was still mourning the expected child lost all too quickly, she was baffled to see her belly growing day by day. She wondered if she should be concerned about it.
One day at the supermarket, Summer suddenly pointed to a milk bottle and said "Mom, we need to take milk for the baby.”
Heartbroken, her parents tried to explain again that, no, there was no baby after all. But the little girl frowned, grit her teeth and looked at them confidently. “You don’t understand, there is a baby,” she told them.
Sadie, overcome by her daughter’s assured tone, decided to do a pregnancy test, just to be sure. And now came a total surprise: she was still pregnant!
She went back to her gynecologist, who couldn’t believe his eyes. To get to the bottom of it, he proposed doing an ultrasound scan. Up on the screen, what did they see but a perfectly healthy embryo growing in the uterus. In their midwife’s 23 years of practice, she’d never seen anything like this.
“I went to see my doctor and he couldn’t quite get his head around it. I had an ultrasound and you could hear a heartbeat — the scan showed that I was 19 weeks pregnant.”
At last the medical team had an explanation: Sadie must have originally been pregnant with two children. While the ectopic one miscarried, the second healthy one kept on developing normally. This is an extremely rare type of twin pregnancy — heterotopic, with one baby inside and another one outside of the uterus — affecting only one in 30,000 pregnant women.
Gary, her husband, could not believe their good fortune after such a loss: "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.”
This miraculous story deserves to be shared. The baby, a little boy to be named Teddy, should arrive any day now. Summer sure had great intuition — we might even say a sixth sense. She's looking forward to her little brother!