When a doctor in the United Kingdom told a woman that she had a cyst, she “began to fear the worst” and thought that she might not be able to see her granddaughter grow up. Then things took an unexpected turn the next day.
Alison Dent had a “routine” operation to remove abnormal cervical cells when she was in her 20s after she had her daughter, Kylie. Then her periods stopped completely. “Our baby dream was over,” Dent, who was 45, told Medavia in 2016. “I felt bad for Robert but we threw ourselves into bringing up Kylie.”
After 20 years, Kylie told Dent that she was going to become a grandmother soon, as Kylie was expecting a daughter.
But Dent started to worry when she began to feel bloated and in pain a few weeks later. She was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and was given medication.
“But nothing worked,” Dent said. “My belly continued to bloat and my ankles swelled and my breasts grew sore too.”
When she told the doctor that she felt a “sort of fluttering movement” inside her tummy, the doctor said that it was due to trapped wind.
“I was back and forth to the doctors when the medication didn’t seem to have any effect,” she said.
It was a “welcome distraction” for Dent when Kylie gave birth to Caseylee in July 2013. But as her tummy was still swollen, she was worried that she could not get to see Caseylee grow up.
In October, Dent was admitted to the hospital for abdominal pain and the nurse said that she would be taken to the maternity ward.
“A look of horror must have crossed my face but I tried to make light of it,” Dent recalled. “I told her: ‘I’m a granny—and I haven’t had a period in 26 years. There’s no way I’m pregnant.’”
The doctor later told Dent that he believed she had a cyst after a series of scans.
“I was terrified when I went home that night and began to fear the worst. Doctors couldn’t confirm it wasn’t cancerous,” Dent said.
But a surprise was waiting for her the next day when she returned for another scan.
“It’s not a cyst … it’s a baby,” a nurse later confirmed with her.
“How could I be pregnant? It didn’t make sense,” Dent said. She couldn’t believe it.
Dent was told that she was expecting a boy, and he was due in eight weeks’ time.
“I was stunned then. I was 32 weeks pregnant and I’d had no idea,” Dent said.
And Robert thought she was joking when she told him the news.
“The pair of us were in a daze for days as the news slowly sunk in. Of course it was a relief to know it wasn’t something more sinister, but the last thing I’d been expecting was a baby,” Dent said.
Five months after Caseylee’s arrival, Bobby Charles was born in December 2013.
“After everything I’d been through, I’d become a gran and a mom in the space of a few months,” she said. “Now, I’ve never been happier. I thought I was dying—instead, I got this little cutie.”