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Mass. Woman Didn't Know She Was Pregnant for 9 Months: ‘There's a Baby in the Toilet'

When Melissa Surgecoff, of Peabody, started feeling intense cramping and pain on March 8, she her fiancé called 911 because they thought she was passing a kidney stone.

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For Melissa Surgecoff and her fiancé Donnie Campbell, March 8 started out just like any other day, until Surgecoff suddenly started feeling intense cramping and pain.

“I called 911 because we thought she was passing a kidney stone,” Campbell said.

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The couple, from Peabody, Massachusetts, has been together for seven years, through health issues following Campbell's traumatic brain injury and Surgecoff's multiple sclerosis.

After their 2020 wedding was delayed, they put off starting a family, or so they thought.

“We always wanted our ducks in a row, we wanted to get married, we wanted to move out, we wanted to have the right jobs,” Surgecoff said.

But little Liam had other plans.

“We were just kind of in shock and not expecting it, and all the sudden there’s a baby in the toilet,” Campbell said.

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As it turns out, Surgecoff wasn’t passing kidney stones at all.

“The EMT’s came,” she said, “they were looking for this kidney stone and it ended up being a baby.”

Surgecoff was just as shocked as anyone as to how she could have been pregnant for nine months and not known.

She says she’s always had an irregular cycle, and in hindsight, she had gained a little weight and felt flutters that she thought was just gas.

But when it came to the weight gain, Surgecoff attributed it to something else.

“We thought it was medication because I had just changed to a new multiple sclerosis medication and that was one of the symptoms, gaining weight,” she said.

Medical experts in Boston, Massachusetts have been trying to dispel rumors that the COVID vaccine causes infertility and address a lack of data around how the vaccine impacts pregnant women.

After the initial shock wore off – and family members showered them with diapers and clothes – Surgecoff and Campbell say they’re getting the hang of this parenting thing even if it wasn’t in their plans.

“Yeah it’s amazing now,” Surgecoff said, “so I wouldn’t change it for anything.”

Despite not having any prenatal care, Liam is doing great and only had to spend a couple of days at the hospital before being able to go home with mom and dad.

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