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Feb 14, 2013 1:49 PM by Tania Shofron

44-year-old woman hospitalized for hernia, delivers surprise baby

JACKSON, Mich. - Linda Ackley went to the hospital Friday morning with what she thought was a hernia.

By that night, she had given birth to a 10-pound baby.

"Some people have nine months to prepare. I had 15 hours," her husband, Mike told the Jackson Citizen Patriot.

He and his wife have been married for 24 years. Two years ago, Linda, 44, got an infection and had to have abdominal surgery. She was told she couldn't have children.

But last week Linda went to the doctor complaining of abdominal bloating. Believing she might have a hernia, the doctor sent her for a CT scan - which revealed she was pregnant.

Initially, Linda was told she would deliver in three to four weeks, but after a second ultrasound it was revealed she had actually carried the baby to full term.

Looking back, Linda said she confused the baby's movements for muscle and nerve twitching caused by her surgery. It never occurred to her she was pregnant.

Kimberly Kay Ackley, the couple's first child, was born at 11:20 p.m weighing in at 10 pounds, 1 ounce.

"She is our miracle baby," said the couple.

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