Ectopic pregnancy to 38 weeks; mother and baby, fine

This story is so very unusual.
I could hardly decide where to post it.

Baby Born After Rare Ovarian Pregnancy
Posted: 2008-05-30 15:28:26
Filed Under: Health News
SYDNEY, Australia (May 30) - A woman in a northern Australian city gave birth to a healthy baby girl after a rare full-term ectopic pregnancy, a hospital official said Friday.

Meera Thangarajah, 34, had no symptoms or complications during her pregnancy, so doctors performing a routine Caesarean section Thursday were shocked to find that the baby had developed in the ovary rather than the uterus.

An ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when a fertilized egg develops outside of the uterus, usually miscarries or is terminated by doctors because of the threat it can cause to the mother.

Baby Durga weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces, and both she and her mother are healthy, said Robyn Cahill, general manager of the Darwin Private Hospital.

“We’re calling it a miracle,” Cahill told The Associated Press.

The baby’s father, Ravi Thangarajah, told Nine Network television that doctors had told him, “You’re one of the luckiest men in the world at the moment.”

But Cahill said the mother had no complications or symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy, and it did not show up on a scan halfway through the pregnancy. She said only 1 in 40,000 fertilizations implant in the ovary, and it is unheard of that one of those fetuses grow to full term, generally 37 weeks.

Durga was born at 38 weeks.

“It is extremely rare,” said Mark Erian, a specialist in high-risk obstetrics at the University of Queensland. “I have never seen a case that progresses until fetal viability. She was absolutely lucky to have the pregnancy progress.”

Wow, this is wonderful news! Thank you for posting this. They will both be in my prayers!

Just goes to show you that God is in charge no matter what.


To be honest if this is a true story it is nothing short of a miracle. The ovary should have bursted open from a six pound baby being inside it or the fallopian tubes. Not to mention what about nurishment for the baby and what not? If this isn;t some hoax or something…this was pure miracle because I donlt think this could occur naturally.

re nourishment: “Implanting in the ovary ensured a blood supply for the growing fetus, which would have been supported in the normal way by the placenta.”

from this link:

other links for the news of the birth:,25197,23786366-5006790,00.html


A couple years ago, I attended a two-year course on Catholic teaching. One of the volunteer instructors was a very devout good Catholic who had had medical training as well as formal education in bioethics. He also served on the bioethics board of our local Catholic hospital.

One of the stories he related to us was of a woman who had presented herself with an ectopic pregnancy. The board approved an abortion for the woman because the ectopic pregnancy was seen as a threat to the woman’s life with no hope for survival of the baby. At the time I found their conclusion troubling but persuasive. Now, I’m not so sure…

Yes but you have to understand something like this is like a one in a million chance sort of thing. You would probably have a better chance of being struck twice by lightning and surviving or winning the lottery then carrying an etopic pregnancy to term.

Was the intent of the surgery to end the pregnancy or was it to remove the organ that was about to burst, hemorrhage, etc? There is a difference in the morality of each intent:

Exactly, big difference, in which case, it isn’t an abortion at all.

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