A MUM-TO-BE got a prickly surprise when a surgical pin from an operation three years ago popped out of her pregnant bump.
Horrified Kelly Donegan watched as the sharp metal object poked painfully through her skin just inches away from her unborn baby.
“It must have been inside me since 2009, when I had my appendix removed,” she said.
Kelly, 26, had been feeling discomfort on the left side of her stomach for some time and could see a bump under her skin.
“I’d even mentioned it to my doctor but he said it was nothing to worry about,” she said.
This month, six weeks before Kelly’s baby is due, the pin suddenly emerged.
“My stomach is getting bigger and bigger and all the pressure must have forced it out,” she said.
Even though Kelly is in pain, doctors cannot remove the pin until the pregnancy is over.
“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 Kelly, who has three younger children and lives on Bletchley’s Lakes Estate.
She has been told the baby will be unaffected but Kelly herself will probably need another operation, complete 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.”
“It’s horrible and it’s also quite sore.
“But there’s nothing I can do except wait.”