Ok! magazine article.

Recently me and my tutor have sold an article about my friend Zoe Johnson. Here is the raw material that i discovered.

Zoe Laure Johnson, Hull, admitted herself to A and E after suffering from what she calls “Chronic stomach pains.”

The pains started on Monday 4th March in the morning, I thought they were period pains, it was a mild dull ache.  I got over it and went on with my life like any normal woman would.  Me and my partner Matt decided to go to Beverly for the day so I could do some shopping and he could go to work.  Throughout the day the pains grew worse and worse and I was in agony, I couldn’t handle it.  I went to Matt’s work and told him all about it. His manager let him leave work at six instead of 10, thank God!

We raced to the train station to catch the next Train and then jumped on a bus to get us into Hull City Centre, then straight to A and E at the Hull Royal hospital; I got there at about quarter to 8.

The pains were getting stronger and I didn’t know what to do, surely this can’t be period pains, I’ve never felt anything like this before in my life. I sat and waited patiently for the doctor to see me, I just wanted this pain to go away.  Matt was very concerned and there for me the whole time, I’m so lucky he is so supportive.  A whole hour went by and the doctor finally called my name, they took my blood and asked me to go take a seat in the waiting room. The whole time I was just panicking, what could this be, why take my blood? Half an hour went by and they called me back into the room for a urine test. More like a pregnancy test.

I was pregnant! 36 weeks and I never even knew, not a clue. I still wear a size 6-8 and that’s never changed.  They performed an ultra sound on me there and then to show me the baby and find a heartbeat. I was in early stages of labour and that’s when they rushed me to the Women and children ward in a wheel chair, I was so shocked and frightened. I only went in for them to help me with my pain, not to give birth!  My waters eventually broke when they were transferring me to the labour ward, I barley felt it.

When I was giving birth I was just in pain and still obviously scared and in a state of shock. Wondering why I was in Beverley shopping one minute and giving birth the next.  You hear about these stories when the same situation happens to another person and either the mother dies or the child, I was praying that it wasn’t going to be me in that situation.  11 hours later and I gave birth at 10 am, Tuesday 5th march, a baby boy, weighing 6 pound and very healthy.

Me and my partner Matt named him Aaron Edward Beer as Matt’s full name is Matthew Edward Beer. We was both still in a state of shock, going from believed period pains to holding your own baby in your arms is amazing, a miracle. I haven’t had a period in 2 years because of the Pill I am taking so how was I to know I was pregnant if there were no signs.

When I was in established labour I made two phone calls, one to my mum and one to his. I said I’ve just found out I’m in labour, as you can imagine they was both as shocked as the next. They both came rushing to my ward whilst I was giving birth.

The first thing I thought of was oh my god I have a child and the second what do I do about stuff for me and the baby. That’s when Matt’s mum went out to the shop and bought my son Aaron clothes and essentials, and my bag for the hospital. we was all set and so happy.

Right now, me and Matt are so pleased and relieved. We’re still in shock but still, very happy. We’re used to the idea of being parents now. We’re doing a great job.  Me and Matt have spoken about having kids before, but we always thought of the dream life. Both working, stable income and home. I know during my pregnancy I went out to the pub occasionally with friends and unfortunately I smoke, but I would have never have smoked or had a drink if I had of known I was pregnant. Nonetheless where all happy together and healthy and we wouldn’t change anything for the world.


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