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A 39-year-old mother of four became pregnant with her fourth child despite the fact that both fallopian tubes were surgically removed in 2015 to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer running in her family (stock image)

A woman has a & # 39; wonder baby & # 39; after she got pregnant, despite the fact that she had no fallopian tubes.

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Elizabeth Kough, 39, had both tubes that connect her ovaries with her uterus removed in cancer prevention surgery four years ago.

But despite missing this important part of her reproductive system, Ms. Kough managed to conceive her fourth child, Benjamin.

Benjamin was born in March this year weighing seven pounds and six ounces – and surgeons even checked during delivery to check if her snakes had been removed.

However, one expert today told MailOnline that it is impossible to completely remove them and that the sperm and egg can still meet in a small part that remains.

A 39-year-old mother of four became pregnant with her fourth child despite the fact that both fallopian tubes were surgically removed in 2015 to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer running in her family (stock image)

A 39-year-old mother of four became pregnant with her fourth child despite the fact that both fallopian tubes were surgically removed in 2015 to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer running in her family (stock image)

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Mrs. Kough, a divorced former Marine from Kansas City, Missouri, thought she was infertile due to surgery in 2015, the Kansas City Star reported.

After three children, now between nine and seventeen, Mrs. Kough had her fallopian tubes removed to reduce her cancer risk.

Ovarian cancer is running in her family and the operation, which is also an almost impeccable method of contraception, could reduce her chances of getting the disease.

The procedure – called a bilateral salectectomy – makes natural pregnancy impossible. Eggs are usually fertilized by sperm in a fallopian tube.

It would still be possible to conceive with the help of IVF, where an already fertilized egg is implanted in the womb, but Mrs. Kough did not have the procedure.

And scientists have discovered that in very rare cases women can become pregnant if part of the tube remains behind or if another opening is created in the womb wall.

HOW CAN A WOMAN GET A PREGNANT WITHOUT FALLOPIC TUBES?

Normally when a woman becomes pregnant, the egg is fertilized in the fallopian tube and then travels into the womb to grow into an embryo.

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Although rare, there are data from women who become pregnant, although they do not have fallopian tubes, who carry eggs from the ovaries.

Davor Jurkovic, a gynecologist at the University College Hospital in London, has revealed that it is not possible to completely remove the fallopian tubes during the operation.

He said: & # 39; It is not possible to completely remove the tubes during surgery, because part of them goes through the uterine muscle and therefore has to be left behind.

& # 39; It is very likely that the end of one of her tubes was reopened after the operation.

& # 39; This could cause the sperm to enter the abdominal cavity and fertilize the egg after it was released from the ovary. & # 39;

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Other scientific articles have suggested that operations may leave small openings that connect the ovary and uterus other than the fallopian tube, causing sperm to leak out of the uterus, or eggs to come in – both can lead to pregnancy.

This is called transperitoneal migration, a procedure whereby the egg or sperm travels through the space in the abdomen – the peritoneal cavity.

& # 39; I had a floor type, such as how does this happen? & # 39; Mrs. Kough has told the Kansas City Star. & # 39; And they said, "Well, it's probably a failed operation." & # 39;

After Benjamin was born by a c-section, Mrs. Kough's surgeons even checked to make sure her fallopian tubes were permanently removed.

& # 39; They said, "No, there is nothing, the surgeon has done everything well, there are no tubes." So he really was a wonder baby. & # 39;

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However, a gynecologist at University College Hospital in London, England, revealed that the entire fallopian tube cannot be removed during surgery.

& # 39; It is not possible to completely remove the tubes during surgery, because part of it passes through the uterine muscle and therefore must be left behind & # 39 ;, said Davor Jurkovic.

& # 39; It is very likely that the end of one of her tubes was reopened after the operation.

& # 39; This could cause the sperm to enter the abdominal cavity and fertilize the egg after it was released from the ovary. & # 39;

Mr. Jurkovic said in most cases that this would lead to an ectopic pregnancy, where the baby would develop outside the womb, but this did not seem to be the case with Mrs. Kough.

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& # 39; What is very unusual in this case is that the fertilized egg also succeeded in reaching the open tubalest from the abdominal side and implanting it normally in the uterine cavity. This must indeed be an exceptionally rare event. & # 39;

Mrs. Kough first realized she was pregnant when she felt like she had with her three previous children, and she used a home pregnancy test to check.

She tested positive and told her friend – the father – to take her to the hospital where doctors confirmed that she was carrying a child.

Despite the shock of the couple to father their son in almost impossible circumstances, they are now living as parents.

& # 39; I don't know if he was just a medical miracle and a million chance, or if it was absolutely intended, & # 39 ;, Kough told the Kansas City Star.

& # 39; I know nothing about the larger universe and God's plan for us. But I do know that he is absolutely very special. Specially for me and for our family. & # 39;

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