STATESVILLE, N.C. – Looking back, Vickie Puckett and her husband can see the tell-tale signs. “I was sick for about three weeks,” she says. “She had weight gain,” he says.
But doctors told Vickie in 2000 that she would never have children. When the 37-year-old’s feet and legs started swelling two weeks ago, she drove herself to the ER. Doctors performed a battery of tests. “About six o’clock, they came back in and said the pregnancy test came back positive. And I was like, ‘okay!'” WCCB News @ Ten anchor Morgan Fogarty asked, “Did your jaw hit the floor?” Vickie laughs and says, “Yes!”
Robbie says, “To know that we were going to be parents in the next 24 to 48 hours was absolutely astounding.”
What usually takes couples 40 weeks to prepare for, the Pucketts had only hours. Members of the youth ministry where we met the Pucketts (and where Robbie works) collected so many emergency donations for the baby, they barely fit in the couples’ car.
Vickie says, “We had a crib within 12 to 14 hours of her being born.” Taylor Lynn was 9 lbs., 2 oz. at birth and 20.75″ long. The Pucketts say she is healthy despite no prenatal care. Vickie says she doesn’t smoke or drink, but she was taking two prescription meds.
“The placenta is a very good filter for a lot of medications, and a lot of stuff doesn’t get through there,” says Novant Health Rankin OB/GYN Dr. Amy Fletcher. Fletcher, who is not Vickie’s doctor, says surprise pregnancies are rare–usually one in every several thousand cases. “Primarily the main danger is not taking your vitamins, number one, risk of not having folic acid, so increased risk of birth defects,” says Dr. Fletcher.
Vickie, still adjusting to being a new mom, says she’s not stressed or anxious, or worried. Just this: “Happy. Happiest I’ve been in a long time.”
The Pucketts call Taylor a “miracle” and an answer to their prayers. The only thing they say they still need for her is a small bassinet.