A mother-to-be got a prickly surprise when a surgical pin from an operatioKelly Donegan watched as the point poked through her skin just inches away from her unborn baby.
Kelly Donegan had a pin left in from an operation three years ago. (Picture: Central News/Johnston Press)
‘It must have been inside me since 2009, when I had my appendix removed,’ she said. ‘My stomach is getting bigger and bigger and all the pressure must have forced it out.’ Ms Donegan, 26, had been feeling discomfort on the left side of her stomach for some time and could see a bump under her skin. Her doctor said the pain was nothing to worry about – but six weeks before her baby was due, the pin suddenly popped through. She will have to wait until the pregnancy is over before surgeons can remove it.
‘They can’t even do an X-ray to see how much of the thing is inside me because X-rays are dangerous for pregnant women,’ said Ms Donegan, who has three younger children. She has been told the baby will be unaffected but she will probably need another operation, with general anaesthetic, to remove the pin after she has given birth. ‘All they can do until then is trim the sharp end off it so it doesn’t catch on things,’ said Ms Donegan, of Bletchley, Buckinghamshire. ‘It’s horrible and it’s also quite sore. But there’s nothing I can do except wait.