A woman who went into the hospital for a hernia learned that she was around 40 weeks pregnant, and delivered the same day, ABC News said Friday.
On February 8, Linda Ackley, 44, said she thought she had a hernia. Believing she might have a hernia, the doctor sent her to an Allegiance Health facility for a computerized tomography or CT scan.
She’d been told she couldn’t bear children. When she went to the facility to have tests ran, the initial ultrasound showed she was pregnant - about 40 weeks, which is considered full term.
Mike Ackley, Linda's husband, heard about the news over the phone. Ackley was whisked away to the delivery room where her baby was born by cesarean section, although test results showed everything was fine.
Kimberly Kay Ackley, the couple's first child, was born at 11:20 p.m. She is normal and healthy, and weighed 10 pounds, 1 ounce, Mike and Linda Ackley said. Both mom and baby were released from the hospital on Monday afternoon.
"She is our miracle baby," said Linda Ackley, who never thought she could have children. Two years ago, she had an infection and significant abdominal surgery, which is why she thought she had a hernia.
In February 2011, Linda Ackley contracted necrotizing fasciitis, a bacterial infection that attacks soft tissue. She had diabetes, doctors determined, and she spent about a week in a coma and on a ventilator. Some of the muscles in her stomach had to be removed.
Looking back, she said she confused the baby’s movements for expanding and contracting muscles and twitching nerves caused by her surgery.
Mike Ackley said they didn't have much time to prepare for a new baby, but family members and friends are doing a lot to help them, with gifts and monetary donations, as well as food preparation.