5 incredible stories of miracle births in the region
- Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2007
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.