Mother-to-be horrified when surgical pin pops out of her pregnancy bump
Mother believes needle was left inside her when she had her appendix out in 2009
08:13 GMT, 20 July 2012
Waiting: Kelly Donegan can only have the pin removed after she has given birth
A mother-to-be was horrified when a surgical pin popped out of her pregnant bump.
Kelly Donegan, 26, who's due to give birth in six weeks' time, had experienced a needling sensation on the left side of her stomach but was assured there was nothing to worry about.
But one day she looked down to see the pin poking through her skin just inches away from her unborn baby. She realised it must have been left inside her three years ago during an operation.
Ms Donegan had noticed a tiny bump on top of the bigger baby bump and mentioned it to her doctor.
'He said it was nothing to worry about' she said.
'It must have been inside me since 2009, when I had my appendix removed.
'My stomach is getting bigger and bigger and all the pressure must have forced it out.'
Ms Donegan thinks the pin was left behind when she had her appendix removed in 2009
Even though Kelly is in pain, doctors cannot remove the pin until she has given birth.
'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,' the mother of three said.
Ms Donegan, who lives in Milton Keynes, Bucks, has been assured the baby will not be harmed. However, Kelly 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,' she said.