A teenager has revealed how she had a baby by surprise while standing in her kitchen earlier this year.
Milaois Murphy, from Dublin, said she had no idea she was even pregnant until her daughter ‘slid out into her trousers’.
Harper weighed just 1lb (458g) when she was born 26 weeks into the pregnancy, and she stopped breathing almost immediately.
Miss Murphy thought her pain was appendicitis and she had been getting ‘chubby’, but unknowingly, her daughter was growing inside her.
After three months in intensive care, her five-month-old is now healthy, weighs 8lbs (3.6kg) and lives at home with Miss Murphy and her partner, James Mulligan.
Newborn babies usually weight around 7lbs.
Miss Murphy had been up all night at home being sick, leading her mother, Victoria to think she had appendicitis.
She had also experienced back pain leading up to the bizarre event.
But then her waters broke while she was standing in the kitchen and her mother realized what was happening, Miss Murphy told the Irish Mirror.
Her daughter was born 14 weeks premature and only two weeks after the NHS abortion time limit.
Miss Murphy said: ‘I had back pain and I couldn’t sleep but that was my only symptom. I thought I was getting a bit chubby.
‘The baby could have been kicking but I didn’t know because I never had a baby and I thought it could be wind or something.
‘That night, I was vomiting and vomiting and I said, “Ma, I need to go to the hospital”. We thought it was my appendix.
‘Within seconds I felt pressure and my waters broke everywhere.’
An ambulance was called to take her to the hospital but Harper came out while they waited.
Miss Murphy said: ‘She was born on the kitchen floor.
‘Me Ma knew straight away and told me to relax and called my sister and the baby literally slid out into my trousers.
‘I was so numb with the shock it didn’t click with me until the next morning that I had a baby.
‘Then I went up and I saw her and the mother instinct immediately kicked in. Then I rang her father and we went up and picked her name.’
But the birth was a problematic one, and Harper needed resuscitating more than once.
After letting out a short cry when she was born, Harper stopped breathing.
Miss Murphy’s mother gave CPR, to begin with, while on the phone to emergency services, then doctors continued the lifesaving treatment at the hospital.
Harper’s difficult journey into the world is revealed on a new TV show called The Rotunda on Irish channel, RTE.
Consultant neonatologist at The Rotunda Hospital in Dublin, Adrienne Foran said: ‘Harper was smaller than a bag of sugar.
‘She was about 20 minutes old when I met her, she had come in with no heart rate but responded well to initial resuscitation.’
Miss Murphy is now off school and caring for her daughter, who ‘still looks like a newborn’, but plans to go back and finish her exams in the next year.
Mr. Mulligan, speaking about his daughter, added: ‘It’s crazy how happy she can make you. She is such a strong baby.’
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