Katie Smith was just a normal mid-twenty-year old young lady. Well, that is if you think the situation is normal. Ms. Smith was a mere 24 years old when something unexpected began growing in her stomach. Doctors were baffled and just could not figure out what it was…
katie’s stomach started to grow and blew up so quickly it looked as if she was pregnant! The strange aspect, she was not pregnant at all! She took a pregnancy test after pregnancy test, they all were negative however, doctors simply dismissed her worries.
Smith is from Swansea in Wales and started noticing some strange weight gain. Within a few years, she had gone from normal to someone that looked as if they were pregnant at full-term. Smith told BBC that she was never a very thin girl, but she had slowly developed this huge belly.
Katie truly followed a healthy lifestyle and was conscious of her figure, as most young ladies at that age are. She was an avid gymer and embraced her curvy figure. This is the reason that the weight gain was not only frustrating but confusing. The unsolved mystery continued…
Not As It Seems
Katie felt uncomfortable and insecure, she did not even want to work at a Christmas party because her figure was so misleading. Katie felt that she was fat and that her outfit was truly unflattering, as any woman would feel uncomfortable in her situation.
Too Fast To Keep Up With
Katie had done everything but her belly would not stop growing. She said, “I was exercising and eating healthily but I was slowly getting bigger.” There is nothing more frustrating than following a healthy way of living and still packing on weight and rapidly nonetheless.
What Was Going On?
“It crept up so slowly [that] I didn’t know anything was wrong – I thought I was putting on timber,” Katie continued. Katie was putting on mass amounts of weight and she still had no clue why.
Not Just Growing
The time had come where Katie could no longer ignore this excessive weight gain. It was becoming clear that all the weight she was putting on was transferring directly to her belly region. The weight felt strange. How would she move forward?
Katie’s stomach felt hard and was irritated at the touch. Nonetheless, she was content and adamant that the situation would progress and hopefully end with time. However, this situation was not going to work out she had hoped…
There’s Only One Explanation
She had gone up multiple sizes in dresses and had now reached size eight. She felt so fearful and did not want to seek medical attention. Her father was a doctor and this made her apprehensive about the whole situation.
Her Gut Feeling
Katie never knew that far more concerning things lay ahead. She had only come to one conclusion, which was not what she wanted nor wanted to accept. However, this was potentially what her situation had come too. What could be the one thing that was doing this to her?
She assessed her symptoms and all the features that accompanied what her body was going through and there was one explanation…pregnancy. Her stomach area was expanding, she was constantly tired and she was also in a serious relationship.
As she analyzed all the components over and over again she was certain that it meant she had a bun in the oven! Both Katie and her boyfriend were rather nervous. If she was actually pregnant it was certainly unplanned and had not been on her agenda right now.
Soon To Be Parents
Jamie Gibbons was Katie’s boyfriend of ten years and the pair had considered that there was a chance she had a little human inside her. They were certainly not prepared but it was evident they needed to at least get it checked out.
The Blue Stripe
After taking a pregnancy test the couple was a bit taken aback that it came back with a negative. The two simply thought the test was incorrect and instantly went for round two. The same result, the test was negative.
Getting Really Worried
The pair decided the time had come to pay a visit to a healthcare professional. What could possibly be going on here? Could Katie be sick? Did she miscarry? Their minds were racing and they were both simply scared!
Facing Her Fears
She had run out of options quite frankly she had to see a doctor. Sadly, Katie was not given the news she wanted. The doctor explained that she was “merely fat.” Katie’s spirits were down she saw no escape at the rate things were happening.
Following Her Instincts
The doctor had blatantly dismissed her fears and concerns, but Katie knew something was not right. She ignored it since she had seen a doctor and her daily routine was not affected by it.
Katie had thought about it so much she did not understand how she wasn’t pregnant. It really looked and felt as if she was, what was up? She did not trust the doctor and his conclusion. However, they were the professional so she had no other choice really, right?
If Katie was indeed pregnant, well the issue would disappear when the baby was born. However, her belly continued growing for two whole years. Each and every month it got larger and larger until one day at work something horrible happened…
She Didn’t Feel Well
It was an average day for Katie at work until she started feeling ill- light-headed, nauseous and spacey. She collapsed. Katie, when she regained consciousness, was informed by her coworkers that she had fainted.
A Difficult Period
Katie knew she immediately had to go see a doctor. Katie said, “It was a tough period in work and when I passed out my GP put it down to stress.” There was another explanation and she had to continue on just as she was living prior to this ordeal.
All From Stress?
Is it normal or even possible to faint from stress? Katie did not believe this was the reasoning. Her doctor reassured her that nothing major was happening, and she certainly was not pregnant.
Not What It Appears
Katie was being asked about her “pregnancy” everywhere she went. People noticed her expanding stomach and she could not even attempt to hide it. She explained the situation over and over.
No End In Sight
” The doctors say I am just overweight, ” Katie continued telling all those that asked each and every day. She was frustrated with the situation and saw no solution in the near future, n resolution was ahead.
Katie said that she was constantly being stopped and questioned about when the baby was coming, she started giving in to spare them and herself the embarrassment. She stopped telling them she is overweight but that is what she had started to believe.
Katie was walking around town with a huge belly and had started to feel both embarrassed and insecure. She began shopping in the maternity section of shops, nothing fit her and her fake baby bump was still growing.
“I remember trying to shop for clothes in December 2016 and nothing would fit. I was skin and bone on top, then this massive lump and normal legs. The only thing that was going to fit was maternity wear.”
Katie had become stubborn about seeing the doctor. It was after fainting a few times, breathing difficulties and major weight gain had truly halted her quality of living and she needed assistance more than ever.
She still would never have actually gone unless her coworkers were so adamant about it. People were wondering how Katie let herself go and why she was not caring for herself necessarily. Something was for sure not right, we cannot believe she waited this long.
A New Explanation
She continued on, avoiding it as much as she possibly could. However, it got to the point where it was simply enough- she had fainted for the fourth time. This time round the doctor said that it was her acne medication. Katie would not take this reasoning, she knew he was wrong.
Time To Stand Up
It is as if the doctors were not taking her case seriously or her symptoms. As time went on they carried on blaming anything and everything they could in her life. Katie decided enough was enough she wanted answers, real ones.
Enough Was Enough
Katie had stopped taking her acne medication months before and she was not settling for this diagnosis. She went for a second opinion and the doctor said that she must be pregnant. He did blood test after blood test and no results were conclusive.
Getting To The Bottom Of It
Katie’s general practitioner even said that she must be pregnant, this was regardless of blood test results. Another ultrasound was ordered, it had reached the point in which even walking had become hard for Katie, let’s not forget her breathing difficulties too
The Truth At Last
As per the others, the next doctor requested a pregnancy test. Was she finally going to get a proper diagnosis? Hopefully, soon enough but in the meantime, a door was being flung wide open revealing a whole new aspect to Katie’s case…
Katie carefully watched the doctor as she did the ultrasound. When she saw her expression it became evident that something was not right, not at all. The doctor’s eyes grew and her facial expression dimmed, the doctor looked as if he was even petrified.
The doctor asked for a consultant and Katie was ridden with fear. Jamie, her boyfriend tried to calm her down and ease her fear but panic had set in and she was completely shaken up. What was in her belly, what was growing?
The screen was completely blank, the ultrasound screen that is. Katie was not pregnant this was confirmed. But, something was wrong- they did not know what but they knew that it was life-threatening.
There were endless possibilities, regardless they requested a CT urgently to get to the bottom of this. Katie was terrified, worried, anxious and had no clue what was going to follow. Her mind was racing as she waited to find out what was wrong.
The CT that had been requested since the ultrasound was completely blank depicted something absolutely crazy! Doctors tried to calm Katie down and prepare her for what they were going to reveal and explain. Both she and her boyfriend waited in suspense…
Definitely Not Pregnant
Katie was not pregnant, this was certain. Her enlarged stomach was due to the development of a massive ovarian mass. Katie’s world came to a complete halt at this very moment, the doctor did not know what he was dealing with or the extent of the mass.
To The Skin
This was n to your average cyst and measured in at 24 centimeters thick, it was attached to her stomach too. This explained the weight gain, finally. However, her life was at risk and the mass needed to be removed as quickly as possible.
What Exactly Is An Ovarian Cyst?
A cyst is a fluid-filled sac that can grow on a woman’s ovary. They are an often occurrence and do not usually cause any further issues or harm, usually, they dissolve on their own. For Katie, this was not the case.
Cysts interfere with individuals’ life when they rupture as they can block the blood supply to the ovaries or they grow to an abnormal size just as this one did. Katie’s had honestly grown to another level, it was absolutely massive.
Exploring Her Options
A month passed and Katie was discussing her options with a specialist in order to move forward. She says she can still visualize the look on the consultants face when she saw her belly, he was absolutely shocked.
He had nicely and very gently explained to her about the ovarian mass, however, his face said it all. He was in utter awe. No one expected it to be so large, even the specialist could not believe just how big the cyst was.
That’s Not All
Another possibility was that there were multiple cysts and that they may be attached to other organs within her abdomen. Katie was petrified and she knew that there was no other choice but to undergo surgery.
They had crossed off any additional explanations and were unclear of the effect that the cyst had been having on Katie’s body. She was most definitely experiencing side effects, ones’ that had no relation to being pregnant.
The doctor was uncertain of the details about the cyst but decided that something needed to be done. The doctor was also shocked that the other doctors had not only turned her away but told her she was fine without any further assessment.
One Thing For Certain
The doctor was certain of one thing and that was that Katie would lose an ovary! Furthermore, she was told that her hospital stay might have to be longer than expected- it depended on exactly where the cyst was. She felt as if she was giving her life away.
Katie’s mom was currently in Australia, she lived there. Katie decided not to tell her as she really did not want her mom to worry. On the other hand, she had been through a terribly tough time and she knew the time was nearing to tell them. Thankfully, they had now narrowed it down and she could tell them without the uncertainty that loomed over her, she had gone through this without her mom by her side…
It had reached the point where she could no longer do this by herself, she longed for familial support. She decided to contact her dear mother and the other people closest to her, her sister. Katie had struggled through this medical issue all on her own. Enough was enough, she had been so strong but she yearned for love and support from those close to her throughout this trauma.
Ready To Go
Within just a couple of days, her mom had landed. She took the earliest available flight once she heard the news. Sadly, her dad remained in their hometown. However, he made it very clear he was just a call away at all times. As soon as she had told them her support system had come together for her, they wished they had known sooner and could have been there through it all! She was equipped for the scary day ahead…
Katie was told by her doctor that her surgery would be in 4 weeks time, it came quicker than she expected almost in a flash. Between the time that Katie had visited the doctor and her surgery her stomach had evolved even more, it was measuring in at an additional five inches, this was a drastic development!
Given the severity of Katie’s situation a high-risk obstetrics specialist was referred and would be one of the individuals operating. As they explained the procedure they discussed how an incision would be made from Katie’s chest bone all the way down to her pelvic bone. This was the incision that used to be performed in previous day C-sections.
March 9th, 2017
The day arrived sooner than she thought. Katie checked-in to the hospital and putting on her surgery gown as well as some socks. as she dressed the nurse led her along the corridor. Katie was shaking with fear, she was so nervous and terribly afraid of needles. Being put under is a worry for many individuals.
She started to panic, two nurses had to be called in to help hold her down and prevent her from flinching when they inserted the needle, moving could be dangerous. Katie recalls feeling as if she was dying, she was so overcome with fear and could not stop thinking the worst.
And The Wait Continues
The doctors had planned for the operation to go on for approximately an hour. Things took an unexpected turn and she ended up being in surgery for five hours. This stressed out her family, of course, and as they sat in the waiting room nervously waiting and praying for their beloved Katie. The doctors were doing their best but what was the outcome?
Back To Normal
Her cyst was gigantic, but the aspect that truly took everyone by surprise was how heavy it was. It was about time this huge mass was removed from poor Katie’s abdomen, Katie was ecstatic. She would soon be back to her normal life and this entire experience would be behind her, it needed to be.
Minutes To Hours
This was an incredibly scary time for everyone, but there was no other way for Katie to return to her normal everyday life. A 90-minute surgery had tuned to an all-day surgery, this left everyone on edge but she pulled through and now it was simply time to recover.
The cyst inside Katie’s belly weighed in at whopping 60 pounds, she was weighing 60 pounds more because of this thing! If you are unsure about how much tha is, think about how heavy seven babies would be. She was carrying around the weight of seven babies in her stomach. She was awoken by nurses describing and showing her images of just how big it was.
Treated Like A Celebrity
As Katie awoke from surgery she was totally out of it, she was dazed and overwhelmed. Katie explained, “I remember still being groggy from the anesthetic as they wheeled me back to the ward and excited hospital staff was shoving photos in front of me.” The staff were just as shook as she was.
This huge cyst had been accounting for one-third of Katie’s current body weight, Katie understood the impact it had on her every day living. Things that were normal for Katie had become a struggle and a difficulty, this cyst had truly altered her life at the time. Now, this major burden was finally gone.
Losing The Cyst
It was only until this growth had been removed that Katy realized how terribly it had actually affected her way of life. Driving a car, walking upstairs and small things had been changed- she was more appreciative of the intricate details of her everyday life, she was grateful. This surgery had sprung her back to her life for good.
Katie could not come to terms with how much weight she had been lagging around, she was in total shock, to say the least. Once she had fully regained her consciousness and was able to properly analyze the images she said, “It looked like a massive pile of ice cream so I called it Mr. Whippy!” She definitely must have had some remnants of anesthesia.
The doctors were completely taken aback by the size of her cyst, they declared it some kind of medical phenomenon. This cyst had been the talk of the hospital, the staff, Katie, and everyone in reach was simply in utter disbelief and could not get over just how big it was.
A mere four days passed and Katie was discharged. Her mom and her boyfriend had been right by her side through it all. Katie had been so terribly scared but she had overcome it and it was definitely worth the struggle. Katie says she does not remember what it was like with that additional 60 pounds slowing her down. However, the surgery had a small complication…
Katie has been left with a large scar, the size of a ruler, from the top of her chest all the way down to her pelvis. Something she will have forever. Katie made a rather quick recovery, she was up and walking quite soon after her operation. She was eager, excited, and simply wanted to get going with her new beginning. There was one downside of the surgery, unfortunately, Katie lost her right ovary…
Thankfully, she still had her left one and would still very much be able to have and carry children. as long as this was the outcome it was not so bad. Katie’s abdominal area is plastered in stretch marks which will never let her live down this whole ordeal, she will always be reminded of her cyst.
A New Katie
The rest of Katie’s loved ones came to visit her after her surgery, they were taken aback by what she looked like. Katie looked like an entirely new person, she was half her size. Katie was super thin, her actual body was showing and her stunning figure was back to normal! She was super happy.
As Katie reflects on her recovery she explains how it has been incredibly easy and her life has changed forever. Katie explains how her health is completely different and way better than the years before, she is better both physically and mentally. It is crazy how one surgery altered her entire life!
Katie has addressed her friends, family and her fellow workers to give thanks to them for their support and assistance through such a difficult time for her. Katie is well aware that she would not have been able to get through such a difficult time in her life without them, she is blessed and counts her lucky stars daily!
Katie would never have had the confidence to share her story if this was a year prior. She has had the ability to develop and love her body, she is now comfortable in her own skin. Katie is now publicly telling her story she is an inspiration to all and aiming to inspire others.
Regardless of such a tough experience, and the constant reminder which she sees in her scars and stretch marks, she has snapped back and is living a normal life. The greatest of all is that she will be able to have children with just one ovary, thankfully. Katie is appreciative of her surgeon.
Alexandra & Antonin
Antonin Kroscen and his wife Alexandra Kinova too had plans to start a family but they had no inkling for what was going to happen next. The couple had planned out their lives and had anticipated having some time as a couple before just starting their family. However, they soon discovered she was pregnant. With not one baby but twins. The couple was graced with some unexpected bad news…
Happy To Be Expecting
The couple from the Czech Republic named Alexandra and Antonin, were both ecstatic upon receiving the news that they were about to have a child of their own. Just like any couple, it is normal for a pair to be excited upon hearing that they would be having a child. However, they were not prepared for what was coming for them.
Ready For Parenthood
Despite only being at the age of 23, Alexandra was not afraid of what the future holds for her. As she was already the mother of her child, she knew what she would expect going forward. She did not know however, that she absolutely has no idea of what life had in store for her.
She Thought It Was Under Control
As she had already birthed before, she believed that her second pregnancy would go as fine and easy as before. Unfortunately, upon visiting the doctor, she learned that this was not the case as it would be a completely different experience this time. What did the doctors tell Alexandra though?
More Than She Thought
Although she was prepared to have one child, she later learned that she would be having twins! Yes, having twins is not really a concept that is unusual nor is it really that uncommon, but at the time, no one had a clue that this birth would be legendary.
There were endless possibilities. Was she pregnant with an alien? Could it be that all this time, Antonin was not the father of her child? Anything could be the truth for this pregnancy, but at the very least, an ultrasound would help Alexandra understand what was going on in some way or another.
Just like any other ultrasound, Alexandra’s first ultrasound simply showed that she was pregnant. The doctors were delighted to see that she was healthy and had no impression that they would be seeing something unsettling or unusual upon her next visit for the next ultrasound.
Even The Doctors Didn’t Know
Once again, Alexandra visited the doctor, but this time, she learned something new regarding her pregnancy and within several weeks, they detected a heartbeat. However, they did not just discover one heartbeat. They did not expect this as this was not what they were planning for.
Double The Fun
After finishing her next ultrasound, Alexandra learned that she would be giving birth to twins. The pair was in total shock! They already had one 1 kid, and they were about to have two more kids, totaling up to three! However, they had no clue of what was coming next.
The couple spent the upcoming months planning and preparing for their upcoming twins. They bought baby clothes as well as furniture to keep their babies as comfortable as possible. Although they thought that they were doing everything correctly, they had no idea of what was about to happen next.
Unaware Of The Truth
During her check-ups, Alexandra did not expect anything out of the ordinary as everything seemed to be going well and according to plan. While she was about to give birth to twins, this still was not unheard of to happen to a mother. What exactly would be happening?
Something’s Not Right
As she carried on deeper into her pregnancy, she felt that something was off, and everything was not totally right. She anxiously waited for her next doctor’s appointment and told herself that in the meantime, she would be alright. What seems to be wrong with her babies?
Finally The Truth
As the time came for her next doctor’s appointment, the doctors looked at Alexandra Kinova’s records as well as Kinova herself while being a bit stumped. The doctors noticed that something was off about Alexandra and her records. They opted for a second round of ultrasound to understand what the case may be.
Her Husband Was Completely Lost
Antonin was always with her through everything and was also there during all of doctor’s appointments. Just like everyone else there, he also could have never guessed just what they find on the second round of ultrasound nor what the pair’s new responsibilities would be.
Kinova’s doctor and husband became increasingly worried about her, and despite this, she was always calm and collective. Ever since she found out she was pregnant; she has been taking good care of herself and never missed a chance to take her vitamins. Although she had no doubt that her babies were going to be healthy, her doctor made her think the opposite.
The Doctor’s Would Say Differently
She was then brought to the hospital for her next visit with the doctor and listened as the doctors spoke a lot regarding her pregnancy. She absolutely had no clue for the need of secrecy nor the fact that they did not take note that she was standing right there.
Concerned For Her Newborns
She started to panic upon seeing the facial expressions that the doctors were giving off. She was doing her best to be optimistic but as soon as she entered the office of the doctor, all that change. After finishing her check-up, she now understood why her doctor was starting to be concerned about her.
The Opposite Of What They Thought
For an expecting mother, going for an ultrasound was a normal occurrence, but the reason why the doctors grew concerned was the fact that in such a short span of time, her stomach had suddenly grown so much. Finally, the doctors told them of their findings and the pair could not believe what they had just heard from them.
Expecting The Worst
As the doctors told them that she was not carrying twins, she immediately thought that one of the babies must have died, after all, there are some cases when a twin would be eating the other but in this case, this is not what had happened.
Looking For The Answers
She knew that she would not be having twins, so what was it that she was expecting? Alexandra had lots of thoughts running in her mind, maybe she wasn’t pregnant or maybe she just had a strange tumor that seem to never stop growing? Regardless, what they found was something out of the ordinary as it has not been seen for over five centuries.
Fearing For Her Future
Alexandra really was not sure of what was going on and she grew more concerned regarding her health. She followed everything exactly how she was supposed to so that she could ensure the health of her babies. She felt so upset with the possibility that she may lose her babies.
The Doctors Couldn’t Believe It
The doctors only took one glance, and they could tell right away that her pregnancy was not normal for a woman who would be expecting twins. Her stomach grew at an unusual speed, which is also not normal for someone expecting triplets. The ultrasound helped clear some confusion, but they still did not have all the answers that they were looking for.
Just More Questions
It would be difficult to tell just exactly what was happening based on the ultrasound alone. It was obvious that she was not just expecting twins, but none of them were entirely sure just how many children will she have. The news might have been very unsettling for Kinova.
The doctor told her that she would not be having twins, and it is not much of a stretch to say that her heart probably sank to her stomach. As someone who would be expecting twins, this might be the worst news that you would ever get, it makes mother feel like they are no longer carrying a child. However, what was happening to her was far from what she thought of.
No Official Number
The doctors told her that she would not be having twins nor triplets. She was confused since she has not gone through any type of fertility treatment, which is why it would not be likely for her to have multiple births. At this point, it seemed like anything was possible.
The Party Is Coming
The doctors confirmed with one another and then confirmed with Kinova that she would be having quadruplets. She was taken aback by this, particularly since she was already surprised to hear that she would be having twins! They were now about to have a full house with five kids! The surprises were finally over; or that’s what they thought.
More To Come
The couple immediately headed to the store to purchase more items for their new babies. Now, they were all set for all four babies. However, as they visited the doctors once again for another checkup, something new was revealed after the ultrasound.
Another One Joins The Party
The couple were already growing accustomed to the idea of having four new babies upon seeing the result of Alexandra’s previous ultrasound. But now, they learned that they were not just having two nor four babies. Instead, they were about to have five more babies!
One Was Hiding
The doctors did not immediately see the fifth baby as it was covered by all the fetuses in Kinova’s belly. They were all moving around so much, which is why it was difficult to get a clear picture. Suddenly, they found something else in the scan. Was it possible that Alexandra would be having six babies instead of five?
While she wasn’t expecting six babies, she was still ready to give birth and still wanted to know if her babies were boys and girls. She needed to know what she should be preparing for in terms of outfits and colors, but the doctors were not able to give her answers to her questions just yet.
The Big Day
She would have to wait for the big day to find out the genders of her babies. As Alexandra went into labor, there were over 40 people who were in the waiting room, waiting for her and the quintuplets. It was clear that there are a lot of ways the whole thing could go wrong as there are so many babies involved, and her life may be threatened as well.