SWEENY, Texas -- On Main Street in Sweeny, the Family Dollar store is the place where people come to get bargains. But, the manager of the store recently got something she wasn’t bargaining for.
“It’s possible,” 23-year-old Destiny Free said, when asked how she could not know she was pregnant. “Trust me. It’s possible.”
On July 12th, Christian Free was born a healthy, seven-pound baby. His mother said her body had exhibited no signs of pregnancy until that morning.
“My water broke, and I knew I wasn’t pregnant,” Free said. “I just had my tubes tied in October.”
Free drove herself to the nearby Sweeny Community Hospital. She was promptly told that the hospital did not deliver babies.
Christian, however, was not going to wait. Free was only in labor for 38 minutes.
Free and Christian were transferred to the University of Texas Medical Branch. There, Free learned the truth about her tubal ligation.
“The doctor said that there is a one percent chance it didn’t work,” Free said.
Free’s aunt was almost as shocked about the pregnancy as the unsuspecting mother.
“She just looked like a normal person -- not pregnant,” Joyce Free offered.
“When I got the call, and they said, 'Destiny, she had a boy,' I said, ‘Destiny who?,’" Free's aunt said. "Everybody was saying, ‘Destiny who?’”
Free already has three children. As for the fourth, although unexpected, the mother described him as a blessing.
“I love him to death already,” Free admitted. “I wouldn’t give him up for anything in the world. He’s here. He’s my miracle baby.”
He’s Destiny’s child.