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A woman suffering stomach pain was about to have her appendix taken out when doctors discovered she was in labour.
Janice Kerwick, 43, had believed she was infertile after trying for a decade to become pregnant naturally, and later with IVF.
She experienced stomach pains for months but three pregnancy tests were negative and she had lost weight.
With the pain intensifying, medics diagnosed appendicitis and prepared Janice for emergency surgery.
But a routine pregnancy test two hours before surgery revealed she was eight months pregnant.
Arabella was born a few hours later – a “miracle” baby for Janice and husband Daniel, 39, who had both given up on having a child together.
Janice said: “I went from believing I was infertile and had appendicitis to being told I am two hours away from having a baby.
“It sounds far-fetched, but I truly had no idea I was pregnant.
“I’d dropped a dress size, I hadn’t felt kicks, and had got three negative pregnancy test results.
“After so many years wanting a baby we had given up – especially after IVF didn’t work.
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“It wasn’t a typical pregnancy, but it brought us our little miracle baby.”
Janice and Daniel, who has two children from a previous relationship, believed she was infertile as she had been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome in her youth.
Last year the couple agreed they would finally stop trying.
Then Janice began suffering with severe stomach pains, and was in and out of hospital.
Doctors suspected everything from gastritis to pneumonia and a severe stomach bug.
But when she lost control of her bladder she was taken to A&E, where medics finally realised her waters had broken.
Janice, of Bexleyheath, south-east London, said when Arabella was born, weighing five pounds, “I burst into tears”.
She added: “She is perfect and everything we wanted, worth all the years of waiting.”
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