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Double Miracle: Woman Survives Flesh-Eating Bacteria Infection and Has Surprise Baby Girl

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A Jackson, MI woman got a big suprise when she went into the hospital for what she thought was a hernia and came home with a 10-pound baby girl instead. Linda Ackley suffered from a serious infection of necrotizing fasciitis, a bacterial infection that attacks soft tissue two years ago. She underwent several abdominal surgeries to save her life, and she assumed that she was infertile regardless of the many procedures that may have caused damage to her reproductive organs since she and her husband had never used protection during their 24-year marriage.

Linda, age 44, went to Allegiance Health on Friday morning last week thinking that she was suffering from a hernia. An emergency scan revealed the shocking news: she was pregnant. Doctors estimated that she would deliver in 3-4 weeks, but she was back in the hospital by Friday night and underwent an emergency C-section. The baby girl, Kimberly Kay Ackley, was born at 11:20 p.m. and is healthy.

Linda's survival and the subsequent birth of her daughter are miracles. Two years ago when Linda contracted necrotizing fasciitis she thought she was having a stroke. Her blood sugar was abnormally high and her immune system was shutting down. She also had diabetes, doctors determined, and she spent a week in a coma on a ventilator. Some of her stomach muscles had to be removed due to the infection and doctors assumed that she wouldn't live. Her husband, Mike, said in a recent interview said: "First my wife came back to me, and now, I have a baby girl.”