A pregnant woman in China has been saved after her unborn baby’s leg pocked out of her womb in an ‘extremely rare’ case.

Ms Zhang’s unborn daughter is said to have kicked so hard she tore a wound on the wall of Ms Zhang’s uterus, which had been left by a previous operation, reports Daily Mail.

The baby girl was born at 35 weeks through a caesarean section, and both she and her mother are in stable condition, according to the Peking University Shenzhen Hospital in southern China.

In a statement posted on its official social media account yesterday, the hospital claimed that the first-time mother was taken to the hospital at around 10am on October 2 after having suffered severe abdominal pain for about five hours.

Ms Zhang and her family thought that the mother-to-be had a stomach-ache.

After a B-scan ultrasonography, doctors were said to be shocked to see one of the baby’s legs coming out of the women’s womb and poking into her abdomen.

Ms Zhang claimed she underwent an operation to have a fibroid removed in 2016 and she fell pregnant six months after the operation, according to the statement. Fibroids are tumours that grow in a woman’s uterus.

Based on Ms Zhang’s accounts, doctors suspected that she had a uterine rupture on the site of the previous incision.

Doctors considered Ms Zhang’s condition critical and immediately arranged an operation for her.

The hospital said the baby was delivered 10 minutes after the C-section began.

baby foot

Ms Zhang’s doctor, claimed to have found a 7cm-long (2.8 inches) rupture on Ms Zhang’s uterus.

Dr Zhong said that Ms Zhang’s amniotic sac had also broken and the amniotic fluid had flowed into her abdomen.

Dr Zhong added that that Ms Zhang’s scar was located at the bottom of her uterus and her baby had kicked on it by accident, which caused the rupture.

‘Rupture pregnancy’ is considered to be extremely rare. Only 26 cases are said to have been reported worldwide.

Women who have had fibroid-removal operations should wait for one to two years until they plan for a baby, said Dr Zhong.

It is also important to have a thorough medical examination for clearance before falling pregnant.

OMG! I never realised that could even happen. Did you?

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  • No idea this could happen – maybe that’s why I wasn’t allowed to have any more children after numerous operations on my stomach. Scary. Great she had a good caring doctor who decided to investigate though or it could have been a disastrous outcome.


  • Yikes, scary stuff! Those babies do kick hard though when they are inside!


  • Wow! I never knew this could happen! What a story to tell your child growing up!


  • Oh my goodness, no I never realised that could happen either.


  • I didn’t believe this could happen!


  • Never heard of this happening before. So glad they are both safe and well


  • Wow! Sounds like they were both very lucky to be alive!


  • Oh my god! What a shock! So lucky it was picked up early enough to be fixed. It could have ended up so much worse


  • Wow, what a strong wee baby !!


  • I had no idea!!


  • Scary stuff, my gyno told me about this so I was aware of it.


  • Wow ok. That’s something that is super rare to happen. I hope pregnant women know that!


  • Ooh. This is something I’ve never ever heard of and would not have thought possible.


  • Oh my! Its something I always joked about being pregnant because that’s what it can feel like! I didn’t actually know it could happen? I could imagine this would of been very painful


  • Luckily they found out and they decided to go on immediately with the C-section! It’s something new to me too!!


  • OMG – that’s scary!!


  • that is a bit scary!



    Sounds like they were both very lucky.


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