Teenager Slips Into Four-Day Coma, Wakes Up to Discover She Has Given Birth to a Baby Girl

A British teenager got the surprise of her life when she woke up from a coma and was told she'd given birth to a baby girl.

A rare, undiagnosed condition meant Ebony Stevenson, 18, had no idea she was pregnant before suffering seizures and being put a coma that lasted four days, The South West News Service (SWNS) reported.

The Oldham teenager has two wombs, which masked her pregnancy. Known as uterus didelphys, the condition meant she still got her period as her baby grew. She didn't develop a visible bump because the pregnant womb sat toward the back of her body.

The teen had gone to bed with a headache before her mother, Sheree, found her puking and experiencing seizures in quick succession. Stevenson was rushed to hospital where doctors diagnosed her with preeclampsia—a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and damage to organs such as the liver and kidneys.

Stevenson's mother told the SWNS news agency that her daughter's hitherto invisible bump had suddenly emerged after the seizures. "[Paramedics] think the ferocity of the seizures could have caused the baby to move, making it suddenly visible," she said.

Just three hours after her first seizure, the young sports physiotherapy student gave birth to a daughter via caesarean section. Baby Elodie was born at 1.32 a.m. on December 3—three days before her mother woke up. News of the shock birth hit local media Sunday.

"I didn't think I even wanted kids, at least not for another 10 years and never expected to be a young mum," Stevenson told SWNS. "Waking up from a coma to be told I had been pregnant and had given birth to a baby girl was overwhelming to say the least."

But after meeting and bonding with her daughter, Stevenson said she wouldn't change a thing. "It's an absolute miracle. I wouldn't change Elodie for the world," she added.

"It was a strange moment because I had no time to prepare for it," the teen's mother said. "I was over the moon that [Elodie] was happy and healthy, but couldn't help but worry about my own little girl who remained in a coma."

"The doctors said that Elodie was a miracle baby, as women with her condition often struggle to conceive or carry to full-term," Sheree added.

Sheree and her own mother, Geraldine, 56, looked after Elodie for the next few days until the new mom woke up December 6. Mother and baby went home December 13. With the support of Sheree, the teenager plans to resume her studies soon.

The Stevenson family did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

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