Teen with two wombs wakes from coma to find she's a mum

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A teenager who fell into a coma after experiencing a headache, woke four days later to discover she had delivered a baby.

It was a surprise pregnancy for 18-year-old Ebony Stevenson of Manchester, UK, who doctors discovered had a second womb. The condition, known as uterus didelphys, meant that Ms Stevenson's baby Elodie grew in one womb, completely unnoticed by her mother.

"Meeting my baby was so surreal. It felt like an out-of-body experience," the new mum told BBC. "I worried I wouldn't bond with my daughter because I had no time to get my head around her arrival, but I think she's amazing. It's an absolute miracle."

In early December, Ms Stevenson's mother Sheree, called an ambulance after her daughter began experiencing seizures.  "Despite me insisting she couldn't be pregnant, the paramedics were certain she was and, to my shock, a bump had appeared at her stomach," Mrs Stevenson said. The teen had not experienced any morning sickness and had not missed a single period.

"They think the ferocity of the seizures could have caused the baby to move, making it suddenly visible."

She was diagnosed with pre-eclampisa and underwent an emergency caesarean section. It wasn't until four days later when Ms Stevenson awoke from the coma that she met her baby girl.

"It sounds awful now, but I asked them to take her away as I was so confused and sure they'd made a mistake," Ms Stevenson said. "But my mum explained it all to me while the nurses were there and they gave my little girl back to me to hold properly for the first time."

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Describing that she was "so confused and pretty scared," the sports physiotherapy student said meeting her little one was "a beautiful moment."

"I wouldn't change Elodie for the world."

What exactly is uterus didelphys?

An embyronic deformity, uterus didelphys or double uterus is one of the least common of the congential defects of the female genital system.It's estimated to occur in around 0.5 - five per cent of the general population or 1 in 1000 - 3000 women. Typically, those with the condition have no symptoms and it's only discovered after a woman experiences multiple miscarriages or premature labour.

While duplication usually happens with the uterus and cervix, sometimes women can have two vaginas, bladders, urethras and anuses. For those with uterus didelphys there's an estimated 45 per cent  (or lower) chance of carrying pregnancy to term, compared to a normal uterus.

Multiple pregnancies in uterus didelphys are even more uncommon, with delivery intervals between twins varying from days to weeks. In a world medical first, in 2006, Hannah Kersey, from Devon, England, gave birth to three daughters from two wombs - identical twins Ruby and Tilly were delivered from one womb, while baby Grace was delivered from the other. The chances of this occuring are around one in 25 million.