She saw all the symptoms of being pregnant, but since it was impossible to get pregnant without fallopian tubes, or so she thought, she did not think it was possible until she took a test, and her doubts were confirmed.
Medical miracles happen when something happens to someone despite the odds. For anyone who knows a bit of biology and how the human body works, you'll know the fallopian tubes play a vital role when it comes to conceiving. This is also why, in tubal ligation, a woman's fallopian tubes are tied up, so it's quite impossible to get pregnant without fully functional tubes. So, when Elizabeth Kough felt those symptoms of pregnancy last year, she brushed them aside, because there really wasn't a chance she could be pregnant. Four years ago, she had her fallopian tubes removed and was content with the family of three children that she had.
But, somehow, she was pregnant with her fourth child, and she was "shocked" because she did not think it was possible, according to People. “Of course at first I was shocked, and I was like, this isn’t in my plan, because I’m a planner. But sometimes, the best-laid plans, you need to just do away with those,” Kough, 39, told The News Tribune. Kough opted to get her tubes removed after she turned 35.
“I had three children,” she explained. “And so, I decided that my family was complete, and I had what’s called a self-endectomy, where I had my fallopian tubes removed. It prevents pregnancy and helps prevent ovarian cancer. So I was quite shocked when last year I was kind of feeling pregnant.” Since she did not want to keep holding onto that doubt much longer, she took a pregnancy test, which soon confirmed for her that she was pregnant.
Sure, she was surprised, because this was something she thought was impossible. Soon enough, her surprise turned to concern. Fallopian tubes connect the ovaries to the uterus, and without them, there was a strong chance that the fertilized egg was not in her uterus, which is the ideal spot for the fetus to grow. “Once I found out that I was pregnant I was very concerned that the baby was going to be in my abdominal cavity, but we were floored and excited that he was actually in my uterus where he was supposed to be,” she said.
Once she made sure her baby was safely growing inside her, she and her doctors took a look at how she could have gotten pregnant. “The thought process was it was probably a botched surgery,” she explained. “But it turned out — the doctors pulled my surgical records, they did ultrasounds, and then when I had a caesarian, they were able to look inside my abdominal cavity and the surgery was done entirely properly."
Kough went on to have a beautiful baby boy she named Benjamin. She added, "There were no tubes, and Benjamin is a very rare baby. It’s very rare that this occurred and we are very blessed to have him here.” She's now enjoying her life with her special baby boy. “He is a beautiful baby. I am exceptionally lucky to have him in my life,” she said. “I have one child leaving the house and one child coming in. It’s hard to explain. I just feel very full of joy. Very, very full. I’m very blessed to have him around. I’m shocked in a great way. I’m shocked and awed.”
Danielle Christine wrote: My sweet girl was never a part of my plans either. That dream was shattered years ago I was told my body would never be able to carry a child. She is my miracle and I am so blessed. Congrats mama on your sweet little miracle! Also, a lot of people posted in the comments that it was not a "self-endectomy" and that it was a "salpingectomy", which is actually the correct term for the procedure that Kough had gotten done. Carly Honse wrote: This is definitely called a salpingectomy....I had a tube removed after a ruptured ectopic. Literally want to know why she is calling it a self-endectomy.