When Holly Lewis was told twice that her unborn baby had died, the young mom refused to believe it. Somewhere deep down she knew that her baby was still alive and she was determined to prove the medics wrong. Parents will go to any lengths for their children, and Lewis was no exception.
Lewis was 21 when she fell pregnant. At the time, she had no idea that the discomfort in her tummy was due to her expecting a child. As well as the stomach pains, Lewis began suffering from a bad back and called a doctor when the aches showed no signs of stopping.
The doctor assured her that it was likely she had been suffering from a mild gastric issue. However, the pain got worse and Lewis discovered that she had started to bleed. She needed more help, and this time she was taking matters into her own hands.
Lewis, from Birmingham, U.K., travelled to the city’s Women’s Hospital where a second doctor checked her over. This time around she got a very different response. To her surprise, she was told that she had in fact been pregnant with her second child.
Devastatingly, though, a scan also showed up signs that the baby had miscarried. The poor young woman was dealt the news that she had been pregnant but had lost her unborn child all at the same time. However, to her, something didn’t feel right.
To Lewis, it didn’t feel like that was the end of the story. She already had one baby, a little girl named Lilly, and from that experience it felt like her second child still had a fighting chance. And, to her joy, the next day a blood test revealed some stunning news: baby number two was still on its way.
Lewis was indeed six weeks pregnant, and despite being told she had lost the baby, it was confirmed that she hadn’t suffered a miscarriage after all. But her joy was short-lived. Just a week later Lewis returned to the hospital. She had started to bleed again and wanted to be checked over.
The examination was meant to confirm that her baby’s development was on track, but instead, Lewis once again received some tragic news. As she sat in a hospital waiting room, she was told for the second time that her baby had died. It was believed that an ectopic pregnancy had taken place.
To Lewis’ horror, the hospital refused to perform a scan to search for any signs that her little baby might be still alive. Instead, more tests were carried out. The episode echoed the first harrowing time she went to the hospital.
An ectopic pregnancy is one that takes place on the outside of the inner lining of the uterus. Lewis had been suffering from some symptoms commonly associated with the condition, including bleeding and abdominal pain. Hence, doctors had diagnosed her accordingly.
But once again, this determined mom did not agree with the health professionals. Her own feeling towards this child was that it was a survivor. Lewis even discharged herself from the hospital, not believing what she had been told.
The next day, she went through the agonizing process of ringing up the hospital to find out the results of her blood tests. These would reveal whether her child had died or was still alive. Lewis knew how crucial this information was and believed the doctors would be proved wrong for the second time.
And when she called the hospital the confirmation she had wished for came through. The suspected ectopic pregnancy had not taken place; Lewis was indeed still pregnant. The young mom was overjoyed.
Lewis told the Birmingham Mail, “I was distraught when they told me I’d lost her. I’ve already got another little girl and my earlier pregnancy meant I had an instinct I was still carrying Lacey.” And, to her delight, just a few months later baby Lacey was indeed born.
After the traumatizing start to her pregnancy, Lewis was able to enjoy the final months of carrying Lacey, as her bump began to show and she carried out the typical jobs any expectant mom would do. Then, at 5:05 p.m. on September 29, 2012, Lacey came into the world, a healthy, happy baby.
Lacey weighed 6lbs and 3oz when she was born. Furthermore, she was delivered in the same hospital where doctors had twice given her up for dead. Instead, she joined her big sister, 19-month-old Lilly, and her mom who called her “my little miracle,” in an interview with the Birmingham Mail.
What Lewis found most shocking was the hospital’s reaction to what had happened. The young mom said how unhappy she was with how the early weeks of her pregnancy had been handled and wanted an apology to be issued.
Moreover, she believed that they were wrong to refuse her a second scan, which would have confirmed whether or not the fetus, just six weeks old, was still developing. The events had left Lewis feeling disgusted and upset.
However, the hospital’s chief executive, Professor Ros Keeton, took a different view. “We are always very honest with women about the range of scenarios,” she said in a statement. “It is not always possible to detect a pregnancy on scanning in the very early stages and so we cannot rely on this as a definitive diagnosis.” Keeton went on to confirm that they believed the treatment Lewis received was fair and appropriate.
Being told twice that her baby had died was clearly a devastating experience for Holly Lewis. Since those unhappy days, though, the family has blossomed and Lilly and Lacey now have three younger siblings. And, five years after being told that Lacey would not survive, Lewis now is able to enjoy her second daughter for the miracle that she is.