5 incredible stories of miracle births in the region

Young, Alfie Davidson with his mother Mandy Davidson (45) and father Kevin. Mandy didn't know that s

Young, Alfie Davidson with his mother Mandy Davidson (45) and father Kevin. Mandy didn't know that she was pregnant. Picture: James Bass Copy: Liz Coates For: GYM NEWS EDP Pics © 2007 Tel: (01603) 772434 - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2007

Following the extraordinary story of Emily Wackett who gave birth to a baby boy after not knowing she was pregnant for nine months - we look back at five other miracle births in Norfolk and Waveney.

Emily Wackett with her new-born son. Picture: Ian Burt

Emily Wackett with her new-born son. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

• Tummy trouble turned out to be baby Alfie!

In 2007 we told the story of Mandy Davidson, a grandmother from Caister, who thought her hot flushes, bloatedness and slight weight gain were due to the menopause.

And when the 45-year-old turned to the web for advice and found that 'digestive problems' were on the list of symptoms that signalled 'the change', she decided that confirmed her own diagnosis.

But the menopause was not to blame – for she was actually having a baby and days later she welcomed baby Alfie.

Mandy Davidson gave birth to Alfie in 2007. Picture Archant Library.

Mandy Davidson gave birth to Alfie in 2007. Picture Archant Library. - Credit: Archant

• Piper, Norfolk's little miracle who was born inside out

Piper Smith was given just a 25pc chance of survival when she was born with her bladder, intestine and liver outside her body in 2013.

Her mother, Amanda Smith, was told her unborn child had a rare weakness of the abdominal wall at her 11-week scan after doctors spotted unusual lumps. She was not expected to survive labour.

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But amazingly the infant was successfully born at 35 weeks with all her organs intact and fully-functioning.

Amanda, 29, and Piper Smith, seven-months-old, at home in King's Lynn, Norfolk. Piper was was born w

Amanda, 29, and Piper Smith, seven-months-old, at home in King's Lynn, Norfolk. Piper was was born with part of her liver, intestines and bladder outside her body. - Credit: SWNS.com

• Norwich woman who didn't know she was pregnant gives birth two hours after arriving at A&E with stomach pains

When mum-of-two Teresa Howard went to A&E with stomach cramps she had no idea that two hours later she would be holding her third son.

She was unaware she was pregnant and put the pains down to a suspected wheat intolerance.

The 43-year-old was even doing 100 abdominal crunches a night before Christmas in a bid to get rid of the 'muffin top' she had developed in the summer.

Little Ethan Toher at home in Norwich with mum Teresa and dad Glen. Photo: Bill Smith

Little Ethan Toher at home in Norwich with mum Teresa and dad Glen. Photo: Bill Smith

• Miracle baby Ethan, 1lb 1oz, so tiny mum was scared of 'breaking him'

When Ethan Bird came into the world weighing just 1lb 1oz he faced a battle to survive.

Not much heavier than a bag of sugar at only 26 weeks old, the tiny premature baby was born via emergency caesarean section after mum Sarah developed pre-eclampsia which developed into life-threatening eclampsia.

It has been an uphill struggle at times but after four months of fighting to gain strength he was moved out of the neo-natal intensive care unit.

Ethan Bird was born prematurely at NNUH. Family and friends are now raising money to say thank you t

Ethan Bird was born prematurely at NNUH. Family and friends are now raising money to say thank you to nurses. - Credit: Archant

• Policeman delivers baby son on bathroom floor

Delivering a baby is not a normal part of a police constable's day, but when Richard Warne's wife went into labour on their bathroom floor he had no choice but to take on the role of midwife.

After opting for a home birth during her first pregnancy, Kate Warne decided to give birth to their second son at home too – but never imagined there would be no midwife there to guide them through.

What is even more strange is that her sister went through the same ordeal nine years before, when her husband delivered their son Joshua on their bedroom floor.

Kate and Richard Warne at home with baby Jacob.

Kate and Richard Warne at home with baby Jacob. - Credit: Nick Butcher

MORE: 'I felt a lot of pain in my stomach - I didn't know what was wrong' - Dereham woman who had no idea she was pregnant has a baby

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