It’s extremely rare but it happens. A woman in Phoenix carried a baby that had been growing outside her uterus – in her abdomen.
Nicollette Soto had what’s called a cornual pregnancy – which is a rare type of ectopic pregnancy during which the fertilized egg implants somewhere besides the womb. In most cases the egg ruptures and the fetus dies.
Doctors noticed that the baby was developing outside the uterus at 20 weeks. The egg had implanted in a corner of her abdomen and expanded. They offered to operate because of the complications involved, but Soto said no and risked her life to deliver the baby.
The baby was born Monday at 32 weeks weighing just 2 pounds, 14 ounces and doctors are amazed he survived. They believe this is the only happy ending they know of when it comes to a pregnancy like this. Both mother and baby are doing well after undergoing successful surgery. Because he’s premature, the baby will remain in the hospital for at least a month but Soto should be able to go home in a few days, although, she’ll likely spend the majority of the next several weeks “living” at the hospital.
“It’s very unusual, she’s very fortunate and we are pleased that she and the baby are doing well,” says Dr. Curtis Cook from Phoenix Perinatal Associations. “To her credit, she absolutely wanted to push through even it was putting herself at risk.”
Here is the local FOX affiliate’s report on the unusual pregnancy:
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