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Saturday, September 11, 1999 Published at 01:53 GMT 02:53 UK


'Miracle' mother leaves hospital

Doctors say Mrs Ingram has recovered from her "unique" ordeal

A mother who gave birth to a baby which developed outside her womb has been discharged from hospital.

Jane Ingram made medical history last week by giving birth to triplets, two of whom had developed normally but one of whom had developed in her fallopian tube.

The BBC's Fergus Walsh: "Incredibly, the embryo implanted outside the womb"
Doctors at King's College Hospital in London said Ms Ingram had almost fully recovered from her "painful and unique ordeal" by Friday night.

"Miracle" baby Ronan, with his sisters Olivia and Mary, were all said to be off ventilators and "doing well" in intensive care.

It is expected the babies will be strong enough to go to their home in Elmswell, Suffolk, in about six weeks' time.

'Positive attitude'

The case amazed the medical profession because most ectopic pregnancies - where the foetus develops in the fallopian tube - end in the rupturing of the tube, causing the death of the baby and possibly the death of the mother.

[ image: Ronan developed outside the womb]
Ronan developed outside the womb
Doctors said the success of this pregnancy had been down to Mrs Ingram's bravery and "positive attitude".

Consultant obstetrician Dr Davor Jurkovic, who delivered the babies, said: "Jane was absolutely incredible. The attitude of the patient in situations like this is crucial and her attitude was always positive.

"She was fully aware of the risks but she was smiling all the way through...and that was crucial."

'Cheating death'

Ms Ingram, 32, told The Sun newspaper on Saturday that the pregnancy had frequently been "agony".

"There were many days when I was in such pain I couldn't move," she said.

And she and her partner Mark knew "we would all need to cheat death" during the operation, she added.

The babies were born in a delicate two-hour operation at the hospital on 3 September, 11 weeks premature.

A team of 26 medical staff were involved in the operation, which involved delivering the two girls by Caesarean section and then cutting Ronan from a sac which had developed around him.

Regular monitoring

Doctors said Ronan should not suffer any physical or psychological effects from his remarkable start to life.

However, they said they were concerned that the placenta the little boy developed, which is still in Ms Ingram's body, could cause infection.

Ms Ingram will be regularly monitored over the next few weeks, they said.

There are only 60 to 100 cases in the world of babies surviving outside the womb, but none of one baby surviving an ectopic pregnancy while two develop normally.

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