As she waited in the emergency room, one woman had no idea of the news that her doctor was about to break. The mom of three had suffered severe stomach cramps all morning. And when she learned what was causing them, her husband was furious.
Kristy comes from the seaside city of Mandurah in Australia. And there she has built the perfect family life for herself with her husband, Ray. Together the couple had three children – two sons called Lachlan and Cambell and a daughter named Kaitlyn.
And Kristy remembers the births of her three children fondly. She had planned each of them meticulously, in fact, choosing to welcome all three at the luxurious St. John of God Subiaco private hospital in Perth. Furthermore, she had private obstetric help on each occasion.
But despite what seemed like fairly positive experiences with childbirth, Kristy had no intentions to expand her brood any further. Indeed, when she got pregnant with her daughter, the proud mom decided that three children were enough. As a result, her husband got a vasectomy.
Her family now complete, Kristy threw herself into all the activities that came along with motherhood. What’s more, with two boys under her roof, that included regular trips out to Aussie rules football games. And that’s exactly where she was heading one fateful day in 2013.
That morning, Kristy had awoken feeling a little under the weather. Her stomach was in knots as she battled with severe cramps. However, she simply put the agonizing tummy pains down to the fact she was expecting her period.
Like a true mom, Kristy put the pain to the back of her mind and got on with her plans. At the time, her mother-in-law, Ruth, was visiting from Perth. So, together, they gathered the three kids and headed to their local Aussie rules football oval.
Both Lachlan and Cambell were playing that day, although they were representing separate teams. As a result, Kristy and Ruth agreed to swap positions halfway through the match so that they both got to see each boy play. But when half-time came around, things took a dramatic turn.
You see, as Kristy watched the game from the sidelines, her stomach pains intensified. At this point, then, the mom of three was certain that something was wrong with her body. “I started to think it was my appendix,” she revealed to Kidspot in November 2017.
When half-time came around, then, Kristy gave her mother-in-law her car keys and ordered her to take her to the local hospital. However, since Ruth was not from Mandurah, she relied on the then nine-year-old Kaitlyn to navigate. And Kristy also tasked the youngster with calling her dad and letting him know what was happening.
So when Kristy, Ruth and Kaitlyn arrived at the hospital, Ray was already there waiting. And it was then that both their lives took an unexpected turn. “It was a rush to Emergency. They kept asking me if I could be pregnant. We kept saying ‘No,’” Kristy explained.
Kristy’s doctors couldn’t simply take her word for it, though. So, the medical team ordered an ultrasound that confirmed Kristy was indeed expecting her fourth child. Understandably, then, the news floored both Kristy and Ray.
You see, to Kristy, it just didn’t make sense that she was pregnant. In the months prior, she hadn’t had any symptoms to suggest that she was with child. And rather than piling on the pounds, she’d actually lost weight. “Pregnancy was the last thing on my mind as my husband had had a vasectomy eight years prior,” she admitted.
The vasectomy made it particularly difficult for Ray to accept that he’d fathered another child. In fact, to him there was only one possible explanation, and that filled him with rage. “It took two doctors to calm hubby down because he thought I had been unfaithful,” Kristy revealed.
But after chatting to medical experts, Ray soon calmed down. You see, they explained that men could still impregnate women even after a vasectomy. And, they added, it happened more often than one would think.
With any drama now averted, doctors turned their attention to helping Kristy and her unborn baby. When the mom had arrived at the hospital, they had no idea how far along she was. But it soon became clear that a birth was imminent.
Luckily, her midwife, Amanda, was able to take charge in the now panicked delivery room. “Amanda told everyone to shut up!” Kristy explained. “I was crowning at this stage and with her help he was born 16 minutes after arriving at the hospital. He was six pounds exactly.”
Looking at her perfect little boy, whom she later named Charlie, Kristy was relieved he was all okay. “I was so scared he would be damaged,” she admitted. “I was a pack a day smoker then and I would have been pregnant over Christmas and New Year so I drank alcohol as well.”
And having missed out on those vital nine months of pregnancy, Kristy found it hard to bond with Charlie right away. “I didn’t want to hold him at first. I thought if I didn’t hold him it won’t be real but the midwives tucked him into my tank top and then it was that instant love,” she explained.
The day after giving birth, though, Kristy returned home to surprise her three other children with her little bundle of joy. And while at first they were shocked, Charlie soon became part of the family. However, although Kristy never expected a fourth child, she wouldn’t have had it any other way. “I tell him he was special and he was meant to be here no matter what,” she said. “He had a guardian angel looking after him while I was pregnant.”