It's one of those stories with a happy ending that could have just as easily resulted in tragedy. In fact, Paula Cawte was pretty much destined for serious or deadly complications when she chose to go through with an ectopic pregnancy rather than terminate, which is the standard procedure in such cases.
The risks she faced in proceeding with the pregnancy included complications that could have left her baby severely disabled and even resulted in her own death. According to a story in the Daily Mail, the odds of both mother and baby living were staggering: 3 million to one.
She and her husband had tried for a year before they were finally able to get pregnant. Everything appeared normal during her pregnancy last year until about the 20th week, when doctors discovered it was an ectopic pregnancy. While ectopic pregnancies aren't all that rare, this one was both because it had progressed so far and because it was implanted in her abdomen.
Still, knowing all the risks, they refused to terminate the pregnancy. For weeks Cawte remained in the hospital trying to keep her baby growing as long as possible. At 30 weeks, Eva was born weighing 3 pounds, 1 ounce. While she had a tiny and terrifying beginning, today she is a strong and healthy 1 year old.
So yes, the end result is amazing, but the risk she took was incredible. Even after she delivered, they weren't out of the woods, as Cawte almost bled to death.
There are so many what ifs and awful things that could have happened. Fortunately they didn't, and they got their happy ending. I don't know that I could have made the same decision given the same situation. In fact, I'm pretty sure I couldn't have knowing how tragic the outcome could have been for both my baby and I. Some may even say her decision was reckless; if she had other children to think about I might be among them.
Perhaps she had a mother's intuition that everything would be okay, or maybe she just got lucky, I don't know. In any case, it's an amazing story of faith and just how deep a mother's love runs from the earliest beginnings and how sometimes taking risks -- even the most frightening -- can be worth it.
If you knew your pregnancy could result in your death would you continue with it?
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