Woman who didn't know she was pregnant surprised by birth

DENVER - The dispatcher in Kimball County, Nebraska recognized the address before she recognized the voice of her nephew, Anthony Kuhns.

He was asking for an ambulance because his fiancée had just delivered a baby at home. The response from the dispatcher was "Dakota's not pregnant."

Anthony and Dakota didn't know she was pregnant either. Hard to believe, until you hear their version of events.

Dakota had complained of back pain, but she was in a car crash a couple of years ago and has to sit for extended periods of time at work. She was feeling ill in the fall. When her boss suggested she might be expecting, she took a pregnancy test and it came back negative. She took a second one a month later. It was also negative.

Last month, she was feeling very tired and experienced some stomach pains. Anthony told her rest on the couch. It was on that couch that Dakota gave birth to their son. Anthony helped with the delivery and called 911.

Paramedics arrived and transported the baby to the hospital in Kimball. He was moved to Scotts Bluff and later flown to Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver.

Able James was born at just 29 weeks. His oxygen levels were low when he was initially transferred to the hospital in Scotts Bluff, but he's made quick improvements.

"He's consistently defied expectations. He's just been very able to do his own thing, which we admire and are grateful for," said Neonatologist Trish Hagan.

Dr. Hagan says these types of cases are unusual, but they do see them from time to time. Baby Able will most likely go home to Kimball sometime in late April, near his "expected" due date.


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