POSTED: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 11:30am
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 11:34am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A Tennessee couple is calling their days old daughter a "miracle baby," and part of that miracle is that the new mother never even knew she was pregnant.
Amanda Prentice and her husband Billy have been trying to get pregnant for years.
So imagine the excitement last month when doctors told the Lawrenceburg family she was pregnant.
And imagine the surprise, just five hours later, when Amanda became a mom.
"This is Allie McKinley Rose," Amanda Prentice said. "She's a miracle."
Little Allie's birthday story will turn heads for the rest of her life.
April 23, 2012, began with her mother suffering mysterious seizures.
Her husband quickly took her to the hospital in Lawrenceburg, where doctors said Amanda's life was in danger.
"So they LifeFlighted me to Vanderbilt Hospital," Amanda Prentice said.
The diagnosis: complications from pregnancy.
It was shocking news to the Prentice family and news Amanda first heard two days later after falling unconscious.
"The doctor came in and said, 'I've got good news and bad news,'" Amanda Prentice said. "He said, 'your blood pressure has skyrocketed here in the last few days, but you've got a baby.'"
The arrival was Allie Prentice, weighing in at 5 pounds and 5 ounces, who came as a surprise to the mother who never knew she was pregnant.
"I never felt her move," Amanda Prentice said. "I wore the same clothes that I had worn for two years."
"The only signs she had was her feet and ankles had swollen up, and that was it," Billy Prentice said.
Now, cards of congratulations and birthday wishes are pouring in from across Lawrence County.
"We had been trying for four years and didn't think this was gonna happen," Amanda Prentice said.
"We had talked about adopting, and now we've got our miracle baby," Bill Prentice said.
And it's quite the miracle story.
"Five hours after they first told me she was pregnant, I was a dad. Where most people have eight or nine months, I had five hours," Billy Prentice said.
Both mother and baby are doing great.
The family also wanted to thank the staff at Vanderbilt Medical Center for all their fine work in turning what had the beginnings of a tragic April 23, into such a joyous one.