We've heard plenty of stories before about women unaware they were pregnant suddenly giving birth to babies. The Discovery Channel has an entire show devoted to such cases called what else but I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant. Still, this recent case will blow you away, plain and simple.
It happened last week when a 60-year-old woman went into the hospital complaining of stomach pains. She wasn't sure what was going on, but she sure as heck did not expect doctors to find what they found to be causing the pain -- a baby.
According to International Business Times, the woman identified only as Lilabai already has three children. So you'd think she might have noticed the symptoms, but then again, she's 60, so who would think? She reportedly was completely shocked when doctors told her she was pregnant. She was then immediately transferred to the maternity ward of the hospital, and the baby girl was born via c-section shortly thereafter.
Thankfully, both are said to be doing fine, with no medical complications, but how crazy is that? It's one thing to go to the hospital thinking you may have food poisoning or an appendix that needs to be removed, only to come home with a baby. But to do so at 60 years of age?!
Women are having babies at older and older ages these days, but that's usually because they're using artificial methods of conception because they WANT a baby. To have an oops baby at 60 is mind-boggling. Your dreams of retirement would suddenly be snapped back to life with diapers and preschool and ... all of it again. I'm almost two decades younger than this woman, and it makes me shudder a bit to think of doing it again, since we're (hopefully) done having kids. There would also be worries about not being there to watch the child grow and so many other complications. It's definitely enough to make you rethink your birth control strategy for years and years to come.
Of course, now, here she is, so hopefully they'll make the best of this very unexpected addition to their family. Hopefully it will turn out to be the most wonderful surprise of their lives, and she'll add to their family in ways they never could have imagined. I just hope I never get a surprise like that.
Can you imagine having a surprise baby at 60?
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