A MOTHER'S life and subsequently that of her baby was saved after a miraculous turn of events in the womb.
The astounding medical emergency began when a 31-year-old French woman presented at the Jeanne de Flandre hospital in the city of Lille in Northern France.
The mother, whose name has been withheld for privacy reasons, was 36 weeks pregnant and complaining of stomach pain.
Dr Marion Guckert of the Department of Obstetrics and gynaecologist Dr Charles Garabedian were caring for the woman.
Dr Guckert said: "There was no bleeding or contractions, everything seemed normal."
When pain medication had no effect, the doctors took a scan.
It was then that they discovered a large rupture in the woman's uterus, a very serious complication in which both the foetus and mother can die.
An emergency caesarean section was performed where doctors found a four-inch rupture.
But the miracle they discovered was that the foetus had actually turned its back on the hole, preventing amniotic fluid from escaping and the uterus from splitting further.
The baby had effectively stopped its mother from having severe internal bleeding - and saved her life.
But as a result of its life-saving efforts, the foetus' back had operated like a suction cup, creating a giant swelling on its back.
"This white mass first worried us," Guckert said.
But the swelling went down in a matter of hours and both baby and mother recovered beautifully.
This article originally appeared on Kidspot and has been republished here with permission.