Melissa Surgecoff, 38, of Massachusetts, says that in hindsight, the signs of pregnancy were crystal clear, but when she went into labor, she had no idea what was happening. Her periods had always been irregular, and she attributed the weight gain to a new ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴ she was taking for her multiple sclerosis.
When she felt severe lower ᴀʙᴅᴏᴍɪɴᴀʟ ᴘᴀɪɴs on the morning of March 8, she first thought she was having menstrual cramps – since her cycle had always been irregular, the fact that she had not had her period for 5 months gave her no reason to suspect – and then she thought that she had ᴋɪᴅɴᴇʏ sᴛᴏɴᴇs, but it never occurred to her that she might be pregnant.
As her pain became more and more intense, Melissa asked her fiance, 37-year-old Donnie Campbell, to call an ambulance while she sat on the toilet trying to push out what she thought was a ᴋɪᴅɴᴇʏ.
At around 2:00 p.m., Melissa finally felt something being expelled from her body.
“At this point, I still didn’t know it was a baby, so when I looked in the toilet I thought it was one of my organs,” said the woman.
Finally, the woman’s fiance noticed that there was a baby in the toilet, immediately rescued her from there, and seeing that she was not breathing, he cleaned her nostrils and eyes using a technique seen on a TV show, and 10-15 seconds later, the baby began to breathe.
“I stood up and held it to my body, over my heart, to keep him warm,” said Donnie Campbell.
The paramedics were also surprised by the sight that greeted them upon arrival, as they expected to deal with a ᴋɪᴅɴᴇʏ sᴛᴏɴᴇ, not a baby. The newborn and his mother were taken to the hospital, where they were examined. Fortunately, little Liam is completely healthy, and they were able to take him home a few days later.
Although the parents were shocked by the unexpected event, they are happy that their son is healthy and are trying to prepare for parenting at breakneck speed.
Melissa and Donnie have been together since 2014 and planned their wedding for September 2020, but were forced to postpone it due to the pandemic. Now, as new parents, they have set a new date for themselves and will be getting married on June 18 this year. They say Liam is likely to be their only child.