Shannon refused to believe that she had lost her baby. She was pregnant with what was going to be her first child in 2004. She and her husband were surely excited to start this new chapter in their lives.
When Shannon was on “The Doctors” TV show, she said the start of her pregnancy looked bleak.
“There was a gestational sac, but no apparent embryo, no heartbeat, just basically a little black dot on the screen,” Shannon said on “The Doctors” show about the ultrasound of her unborn child. There was evidence that a baby was there, but her doctor seemed skeptical. In order to find a due date, Shannon had to run a few more tests over the course of a few weeks.
Then, she got a call with terrible news.
The doctor called to tell her that her HCG levels—hormone levels— were not increasing like they should’ve, and along with the observation that there was no heartbeat or embryo—she wasn’t pregnant.
Sharon had lost her baby.
Sharon was devastated. She wanted that baby so much.
She tried coping and rationalizing it after she was told the news. Shannon wanted to have a DNC done, a procedure that removes the leftover tissue from a miscarriage, as soon as possible so that she could preserve her body. She hoped to try for another baby one day.
But something told Shannon to check one more time.
“My heart felt differently,” Shannon told “The Doctors.”
She still felt this pregnancy was meant to be.
She held onto a glimmer of hope for her child.
She waited two weeks to get her DNC, just in case the baby had not developed a heartbeat yet and it was taking it awhile. Getting the DNC meant that after it, the baby would’ve been gone for good—Shannon didn’t want to take that chance.
“I just want to see one more time,” Shannon told the doctor, and he was nice enough to give her one last ultrasound.
This is where they found a fleck of light in her stomach.
Upon further investigation, they found something else—a faint heartbeat.
Shannon’s baby was alive! And she was born to Shannon and her husband without a problem.
The baby she thought she once lost is now her 12-year-old daughter, Ryan!
She told “The Doctors” that despite the early close call, Ryan has been healthy her entire life up to that point.
Sometimes, you just have to go with your gut. In this case, Shannon literally went with her gut, and her life turned out better for it.