Ravi Thangarajah with his new born baby daughter Durga who survived a full ectopic pregnancy.
A newborn baby has survived a full-term ovarian pregnancy which doctors in Australia's Northern Territory have hailed as "a miracle".
Meera Thangarajah and husband Ravi had no idea there was anything unusual about her pregnancy when she arrived at Darwin Private Hospital Thursday morning.
It wasn't until the Obstetrician Andrew Miller went to perform a cesarean that he discovered the baby was squeezed into Mrs Thangarajah's right ovary.
Remarkably Mrs Thangarajah's ovary was still intact though Miller said the skin was stretched so far he could see the baby's facial features through it.
"I'm feeling like the luckiest woman in the world.''
Million to one: Meera Thangarajah cuddles her miracle baby daughter Durga who grew inside her ovary for almost nine months
"It could have ruptured at any moment, leaving both mother and baby's lives at risk," the Northern Territory News quoted the doctor as saying on Friday.
But baby Durga was delivered safely at 8.47 a.m. (CST) on Thursday and Dr Miller described the birth as a medical phenomenon.
"This form of pregnancy is rare enough, but to have it go full term is unheard of," he said. "I have never come across it in any hospital. It truly is a miracle she got a living baby out of it-- she's extraordinarily lucky," Miller said.
Most women whose eggs develop outside the uterus suffer severe pain and bleeding in the early weeks of their pregnancy and are advised to abort because of the danger to themselves.
However, Mrs Thangarajah had no symptoms apart from the usual morning sickness, discomfort and nausea and her ultrasounds at regular check-ups never showed anything unusual.