Looking back, Melissa Surgecoff says there were lots of signs she was pregnant, but she thought she was passing a kidney stone in the bathroom, not her first child.
Surgecoff, 38, said she had no idea she was pregnant when she began to experience cramps on the morning of March 8 on Boston’s North Coast. Due to her history of irregular menstrual cycles, Surgecoff believed her period came after missing it for five months.
“It wasn’t very alarming or a red flag, but I figured it wasn’t normal,” Surgecoff told USA TODAY.
As the day wore on, Surgecoff said her cramps got worse to the point that she called her mother to see if she could take her to the doctor. With each passing cramp, she would put herself in a fetal position in an attempt to relieve the pain.
“I went to the bathroom to get ready to go to the hospital and saw blood,” Surgecoff said. “I thought it was a good thing because it really meant I was on my period.”
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She called her mother back and told her she was fine, but over time the pain in her abdomen got worse. She started to sit on the toilet to relieve herself.
“I’m sitting on the toilet screaming, and I tell myself it’s way past a menstrual cycle,” Surgecoff said. “It must be a kidney stone.”
At around 2 p.m., with her fiancé Donald Campbell, 37, at the door, Surgecoff said he felt something release from his body.
“At this point, I still didn’t know it was a baby, so when I looked in the toilet, I thought it was an organ,” she says.
Campbell then went into the bathroom to check on the organ Surgecoff thought she was dead, and to his amazement he realized it was a baby.
“I started picking it up really slowly and realized it wasn’t breathing at all,” Campbell said.
Campbell said he remembered watching “Rescue 911” and learning to clean a newborn baby’s nostrils and eyes. Campbell started the process with his sweatshirt on and after about 10 to 15 seconds the baby started to breathe.
Moments later, paramedics from Salem Hospital arrived and took Surgecoff and the baby to the hospital. Campbell followed.
Although they were in shock, the couple are happy that their son, Liam, is in good health.
“Looking back on it now, there were clear signs that I was pregnant,” Surgecoff said. “I had swollen feet, weight gain, heartburn, and if I had put all the signs together I would have known.”
“This is our first and possibly last child,” said Campbell.
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