GREENCASTLE, Ind. - A Greencastle woman who thought she needed an emergency appendectomy was shocked to learn she was having a baby.
Josh Cox rushed Mandy Batchelor, already a mom of two, to the hospital when she started having sudden and severe stomach pain Friday.
"We were in the E.R. and they thought maybe she had gallstones. She said, 'We'll take her back,' and then a few minutes later her water burst everywhere," Cox said.
Batchelor said she had just worked a full, eight-hour day on her feet on the assembly line at the factory where the couple works. She said her body showed no signs of pregnancy, other than lower back pain, which she often has from working on her feet all day.
"I had weight gain but it was my normal winter time weight gain," Batchelor said. "I was shocked. Very shocked."
The couple never had a chance to feel the kicks inside Batchelor’s belly, decorate a nursery or pick out a name, but sure enough, Batchelor gave birth to a healthy, full-term baby boy weighing 7 pounds 13 ounces.
The shocked mom and dad scrambled to come up with a name.
"General Lee is my mom's grandpa and then Jacob was my dad's grandpa. So both my great-grandpas, I just put them together, plus I have a General Lee car, so it just all worked out," Cox said.
The couple announced the surprise birth on Facebook to the amazement of family, friends and coworkers.
Batchelor said her loved ones were shocked and thought it was a joke.
"They were shocked. They couldn't believe four hours after I got off work I had a kid," Batchelor said.
Friends rushed out to buy baby items for the surprised couple because they had just given away all of their baby furniture in December -- because they thought they were done having kids.