A 23-year-old student was left shocked after she gave birth to her “miracle” baby without realising that she was pregnant.
Lalene Malik was taken to A&E after she began suffering from agonising stomach pains.
The new mum was understandably shocked by her new arrival, and has blasted doctors for not picking up on the signs sooner.
‘I was in complete shock’
Ms Malik, who is studying international relations at Roehamptom University, was taken to A&E at Northwick Park Hospital by her family after she began having pains in her stomach on 26 March.
She believed that she was suffering from severe constipation at first, however her mum Sumra said that she had an “intuition” that there was something else wrong with her daughter.
Ms Malik cried in pain while on the toilet in the hospital and waiting to be seen by doctors.
She was about to flush when she noticed her newborn’s tiny arm in the bowl.
She said: “I was gone. My mind was blank. I was put in another room because obviously I was crying and my mum was crying. It was a complete shock and a trauma for both of us and I felt that my life was in danger.
“(My mum) started crying and (said) to me: ‘Don’t you know you have a baby?’ From then on I was pale.”
Doctors resuscitated Ibrahim
After doctors at Northwick Park Hospital found the baby in the toilet bowl, they described Ms Malik’s newborn, named Mohammad Ibrahim, as looking “lifeless” and was not breathing.
However, thankfully, they were able to resuscitate the baby.
Dr Ewa Grocholski said: “Luckily we caught it in time. I’ve never seen (a baby be born) in such circumstances.
“I’ve seen young ladies like Lalene before coming to A&E not knowing they’re pregnant and delivering in the A&E department, but it was always in a more safe place. It was on a bed or it was slower, so we would have noticed they were giving birth before it was happening.”
Lalene blames family doctor for missing the signs
Ms Malik said that she had been taking the contraceptive pill from October until January.
After she stopped taking the pill, she returned to her GP at Elm Trees surgery in Greenford after experiencing weight gain and a shortness of breath.
She also took two at-home pregnancy tests in February, both of which returned negative results.
Ms Malik was given a blood test however was told that it had been botched when she phoned up for her results.
She said: “I called back three days later and they said ‘oh, we can’t detect anything because the one who took the blood test didn’t shake (it) properly, so come back three to six months later’.
“If I had known I was pregnant, I would have cherished those moments going shopping, getting stuff ready for the baby.”
Two weeks later, her son Ibrahim was born.
She told her husband, who was abroad at the time, about the surprise birth, with Ms Malik saying that he was left “shocked”.
She added: “It’s a blessing and I’m happy for the baby, but honestly the surgery should have said something because I told them I was married and I wanted to progress with my masters.”
Elm Tress surgery has apologised to the new mother for missing the signs of her pregnancy.
In a statement, they said: “We are very sorry to learn of Ms Malik’s experience, this falls below the standards of care we expect from our services. Please be assured that this matter will be fully investigated.”