We are sure that you have seen, and will continue to see, your fair share of "I didn't know I was pregnant" stories. But, how often do you get to read a "My doctors refused to accept the possibility that I was NOT pregnant" story?
Keely Favell, a 28-year-old Welsh woman, found herself gaining weight around 2014. Thinking it was only a sign to keep at it at the gym, that method did not seem to keep her weight down. By 2016, her stomach grew to a 57-pound bump. It appeared to many that she may have been pregnant.
By the looks of it, if there was a baby in there, we would be first to assume that she was giving birth to an elementary schooler.
Despite multiple pregnancy tests coming back negative and Favell's own insistence of not being pregnant, in her doctors' "expert opinions," there was no other logical conclusion other than a baby causing such a massive bump. In 2017, she had an ultrasound done, accompanied by her longtime partner Jamie Gibbons, to check the baby's progress. The results were more than puzzling, especially for the alarmed ultrasound technicians..
"I was lying there with Jamie beside me as the radiologist moved the probe over my tummy. I saw her eyes widen in horror, but the screen was just blank," Favell told BBC News. "The look on her face said it all - something was wrong, and when she said she had to get a consultant I started to panic. Jamie did his best to reassure me but I felt paralyzed with fear."
After undergoing an emergency CT scan, an obstetrics consultant then explained to Favell that this bump was the result of an extremely large ovarian cyst, a sac of fluid that develops in the ovary that is actually quite common. It took five hours to remove the mass, which made up about a third of her body weight at the time.
Even though her bump turned out to not be a child, Favell was not opposed to treating the situation as some sort of delivery and gave her cyst a name.
"It looked like a massive pile of ice cream so I called it Mr Whippy!" she said.
It is certainly a far-friendlier name than "Oh God! What is that THING!"
Favell has since recovered well from the surgery and, thankfully, will still be able to have children one day. If not for the carelessness of the physicians she saw to initially inspect her situation, perhaps she could have solved this problem sooner.
What do you think? Should Favell's doctors been more inclined to step up to the plate and uncover what turned out to be a common medical problem, or are they just guilty of being baby crazy? Let us know in the comments below!