Woman's "Pregnancy" Turns Out To Be Cancerous Tumour
A woman who was told she was pregnant has spoken out about her devastation at learning that her "baby" was actually a cancerous tumour - that she then had to give birth to.
Alice Hall spoke to The Sunday Mirror about her ordeal, explaining that, after feeling nauseous and taking a pregnancy test, a doctor confirmed that she was four weeks "gone".
But four weeks later, the 20-year-old English university student started bleeding and was rushed to hospital for a scan.
"Heartbreakingly, medics told me I was having a miscarriage," Alice explained. "But a pregnancy test confirmed I was still pregnant, because my uterus thought there was a baby in there as my body was mimicking the symptoms of pregnancy."
Alice was sent home but, once again, began suffering pains; tests to rule out an ectopic pregnancy - where the foetus grows in the Fallopian tube rather than in the womb - showed an abnormality, but medics still weren't quite sure what it was.
"It showed there was a swelling in my womb but doctors had no idea what it could be," Alice said. "But [they] knew it was not a viable pregnancy."
Doctors removed the pregnancy tissue from Alice's womb as she "cried for the baby [she'd] lost" and she went home - until a pregnancy test two days later came back positive.
It was then that the young woman was found to be suffering from gestational tropho-blastic neoplasia, which had caused a tumour the size of a foetus to grow in her womb.
"My mind went into meltdown," she continued. "I went from being overjoyed and planning to welcome a baby into the world, to instead doctors telling me that I had a tumour and if they tried to cut it out I would bleed to death."
Eight sessions of low-dose chemotherapy stopped the tumour from growing any further but Alice's ordeal was far from over; when she woke up in agonising pain just a few weeks later, doctors confirmed that she was, for all intents and purposes, in labour.
"It was really traumatic. First I was in a side room of A&E and then had to be taken to the women's ward where heavily pregnant women ready to give birth were," Alice said. "It was heartbreaking.
"After 30 hours I expelled the tumour... It was such a traumatic experience."
Alice has since been given the all-clear, and is still hopeful that she and partner Christopher will one day be able to start a family.