Woman who thinks she's passing a kidney stone gives birth on the toilet!
Peabody, Massachusetts - When Melissa Surgecoff woke up one day with intense cramps, she rushed to the bathroom, thinking she was passing a kidney stone. She certainly didn't expect to find her first baby in the toilet bowl...
For Surgecoff and her fiancé Donnie Campbell from Peabody, Massachusetts, March 8 started out quite ordinary - despite the vicious period cramps Surgecoff believed she was suffering from.
But she thought it was about time. After all, she hadn't had her period in months...
However, as the day progressed, her cramps intensified to the point that Surgecoff got into fetal position with every passing spasm to ease the pain.
That's when she knew something was off and called 911.
"I went to the bathroom to get ready to go to the hospital, and I saw blood," Surgecoff told USA TODAY. From then on, she simply couldn't wipe away her worries anymore.
Melissa Surgecoff thought she pressed out an organ - not a baby!
"I'm sitting on the toilet screaming, and I'm telling myself this is way beyond a menstrual cycle," Surgecoff said. "This has to be a kidney stone."
But soon after, the woman felt something rushing out of her, followed by a sense of relief.
"When I looked in the toilet I thought it was an organ," she recalled.
It wasn't until her fiancé checked the toilet bowl that they both realized she had just given birth to their first baby.
Fortunately, Campbell had watched his fair share of medical TV shows to remember how to clean out the nostrils and eyes of a newborn. Only moments later, the emergency responders arrived to the scene and were just as surprised to find a mother and her baby, instead of a kidney stone.
They quickly rushed the stunned family to the hospital.
Surgecoff was in shock, to say the least. How could she not have known she was pregnant for nine months?
In hindsight, the signs were there, she admitted. But she said she's always had irregular menstrual cycles and attributed her weight gain to new medication she was taking due to multiple sclerosis.
Once the initial shock wore off, however, the couple, who have been together for seven years, felt grateful for their unexpected baby bliss.
And despite a fairly traumatic birth, baby Liam was found to be perfectly healthy and was soon able to go home with his mom and dad.
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