CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — An Iowa couple found out they are new parents after the woman went into labor.
Until Misty Beaty walked into the emergency room at St Luke’s in Cedar Rapids Monday morning with abdominal pain, she had no idea she was even pregnant, much less full term and ready to deliver, KCRG reports.
“I was stunned, it didn’t even seem real,” Beaty said.
The shock was primarily due to the father’s medical history.
Five years ago, Scott Steele was diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer.
He’s gone through extensive chemotherapy, and relapses, and was told without medical intervention he’d probably never become a father.
Then little Briggs, all seven pounds 14 ounces, arrived on the scene to confound those predictions.
“I’m still in disbelief. Part of me is so excited and feel so blessed and part of me is like, really,” Steele said.
Baby Briggs will likely be released from hospital at the end of the week but since the couple wasn’t prepared for his arrival, there are no diapers, no baby clothes and no furniture.
Beaty says some who hear their story may question how she couldn’t tell she was pregnant for all those months.
“I didn’t have the weight gain, didn’t have the nausea, none of the morning sickness that goes along with pregnancy. Nothing.”