A pregnant pageant star was devastated when doctors discovered a 1cm kidney stone in her body.
Abbie Draper can’t pass the stone from her uterus naturally because it’s too big.
This has led to her left kidney flooding – and doctors worry surgically removing it would kill her unborn baby.
Because of this, the 30-year-old has been forced to wear drainage bag.
The model, who was a former Miss Scotland finalist, told the Daily Record : "It can 100% cause death to the baby – the only options were have the drainage bag fitted or risk kidney damage…
"I now have a drain from my kidney, out of my back and into drainage bags to take the pressure off of my left kidney until the baby is here and we can deal with the stone then."
Abbie’s nightmare began 10 days ago when she felt unwell and assumed she had a urine infection.
This may be sparked by a condition she’s lived with for years, hyperparathyroidism.
It causes extreme fatigue, pain and can bring on kidney stones – so when the mum felt 'a niggle' in her back, she recognised the symptoms immediately.
Abbie, who lives in Cambuslang on the outskirts of Glasgow, said: "So I know what kidney stones feel like and when the niggle in my back started I panicked because it’s been around two years since my last bad episode with them.
"But usually it’s a case of – hospital overnight for one or two nights – pain relief – check baby and the stone has passed, but obviously this was a lot different.”
Medics told the expectant mum she would need an emergency nephrostomy – an operation to have a tube inserted in to her back which would drain the fluid from her kidney into the bag.
She added: "So I now have a drain from my kidney, out of my back and into drainage bags to take the pressure off of my left kidney until the baby is here and we can deal with the stone then.
"The hospital were amazing. I felt very, very looked after."
Abbie, who lives with partner Paul and their two-year-old son Jules, is trying to remain positive despite the diagnosis.
She decided to share a picture of herself wearing the bag because "feeling sorry for (herself) is not an option!"
Abbie said: "My immediate emotions were I felt violated and mortified. I was totally disgusted at myself and wondered how is anyone going to look at me with this?
"Was it a big deal for me at the time? Yes, but I've come to realise it doesn’t matter how hard the cards are that are dealt to you, there’s always someone out there dealing with something worse.
"I'm so lucky my baby is healthy, I am alive, and I am also strong.
"Is it nice to look at? Probably not but I’ll work it and I won’t let it defeat my confidence.
"People live with these everyday for life , sometimes one on each side, so feeling sorry for myself is not an option!"
Melanie McColgan, Clyde Director, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “We thank Abbie for her kind words about the care she received from our team at RAH. We wish her all the best in her pregnancy and will continue to support her throughout.”
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