Debbie Amos, 43, didn't realise she was expecting her fourth child until she was six months pregnant...
A grandmother has given birth 13 years after being sterilised.
Her baby, named Connor, arrived at Colchester General Hospital last Thursday, weighing 8lb 8ozs.
Debbie Amos, 43, said: ‘We were very relieved he is fit and healthy. I didn’t have any tests as I didn’t know I was pregnant until so late on and there were obviously added risks because of my age.’
She had only become pregnant with her first son, Glen, who is now 19, after a course of fertility treatment and after that she and her husband Melvyn, 57, decided not to try for any more.
However, two children later she asked doctors to give her an operation to ensure she would not become pregnant again. The couple were warned sterilisation would only be 99 per cent effective but assumed their family would not grow any further.
Mrs Amos said: ‘My doctor said maybe the tube had grown back, but we don’t know.’ However, she said she had no regrets about the unexpected arrival. ‘Obviously, I would not be without him for anything now, but it has been a massive shock. Maybe he was just meant to be here.’