A woman who had removed her fallopian tubes, for the first time ever had such a documented case of a healthy, viable baby.
Elizabeth Kough, from Kearney, Missouri, had removed both tubes connecting her ovaries to her uterus in 2015 after having had three children.
However, the 39-year-old started the significant signs of pregnancy last year.
After she had done a pregnancy test and visited her local hospital for an ultrasound, it was confirmed that she was pregnant with her fourth child.
Benjamin was born in March, weighing seven pounds and six grams – and doctors even checked during delivery to confirm that the tubes were removed.
Doctors told Good morning America that only three other such cases have been recorded in medical literature, but this is the first to result in a healthy birth.
Elizabeth Kough, 39, from Kearney, Missouri, had her remove both fallopian tubes in 2015. Pictured: Kough with her son, Benjamin
Last year, Kough discovered she was pregnant, although the procedure is an almost infallible form of birth control. Pictured: Kough with her son, Benjamin
Kough told Good Morning America that there were several reasons why she decided to have her fallopian tubes removed.
One is that the procedure, known as a bilateral salectectomy, reduces the risk of ovarian cancer occurring in the Kough family.
& # 39; I also hit the age of 35 and they say medically at that age that pregnancy is at a higher risk & # 39 ;, she told the news program.
& # 39; I was also divorced and single and had three children, which is a blessing for a family, but I thought that was probably enough. & # 39;
The operation that Kough had done through her OB-GYN in Virginia – where she used to live – is usually an almost infallible method of birth control.
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.
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;
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.
Dr. Hana Visnova, director of the IVF Cube fertility clinic in Prague, said that an egg can bypass the space between an ovary and the uterus if the two are close together and did not heal the wound removal tube well after surgery.
But last year, Kough, now living in Missouri and in a new relationship, began to feel symptoms of pregnancy.
Although she assumed it was unlikely, she decided to do a pregnancy test at home.
When the result was positive, she immediately called her friend, who drove her to the local hospital.
Doctors performed a blood test and an ultrasound and confirmed that Kough was indeed pregnant.
In most cases this would result in an ectopic pregnancy, where the fertilized egg attaches outside the womb, but in the case of Kough the baby developed in the womb.
Her doctors at Meritas Health in Kansas City could not explain it.
Dr. Dawn Heizman, a board-certified OB-GYN at Meritas Health, who didn't treat Kough but revised her case, told Good Morning America: & none of us have been confronted with this before. & # 39;
The team confirmed that Kough had removed her fallopian tubes and had not become pregnant through in vitro fertilization.
They believe that the egg traveled to one of the womb horns, where the fallopian tube was attached and went to a fistula to end up in the womb.
Dr. Heizman said that in the medical literature she only encountered three other cases of pregnancy after the removal of both fallopian tubes.
However, Kough & # 39; s is the only case where the pregnancy led to the birth of a healthy and viable baby.
& # 39; The fact that Elizabeth has delivered a healthy boy with all these very rare circumstances, it's like a miracle, & # 39; Dr. Heizman said to Good Morning America. & # 39; This was impressive. & # 39;
Her son, Benjamin, was born in March via C-section with a weight of seven pounds and six grams. Pictured: Kough with Benjamin
Despite the risky nature of Kough & # 39; s pregnancy, since she is over 35, it continued without complications.
Benjamin was born via C-section at North Kansas City Hospital weighs seven pounds and six ounces.
The doctors even checked during the delivery and confirmed again that the fallopian tube had been removed.
Kough told Good Morning America that she has since returned to work and that her boyfriend is a stay-at-home.
& # 39; I don't want to spoil him too much, so I don't call him a miracle, but my youngest calls him my angel baby, & # 39; she said. & # 39; When I look at him, I really feel blessed to have him, because I know that the chances that he is here are so slim. & # 39;
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