Teens baby belly was rock-hard cyst the size of a football that weighed 2st

A teenager whose friends kept asking if she was ­pregnant was stunned to discover she had a cyst the size of a football in her stomach.

Abi Chadwick, 19, ballooned from a size 12 to 18 within a few months but couldn’t work out why.

She went on a diet but couldn’t shift her tummy bulge. When she started having sharp pains in her stomach, she went to the doctors – who discovered a 13in cyst.

Abi said: “I’m yet to see anyone that’s had one that big. I thought the cyst would be small and it would go, but I realised my stomach was all cyst.”

The care assistant first ­noticed something wasn’t right when she suddenly gained two stone.

She said: “My stomach was rock hard and when I used to go out to the shops, people used to tell me I looked nine months’ pregnant.

“It made me feel bad because I couldn’t lose weight even though I wanted to.”

She added: “Every time I had two mouthfuls of toast I would be absolutely stuffed – I couldn’t figure out why.

“I couldn’t eat any more so that really took its toll.

“People kept telling me I was pregnant, but I thought it was just because I was fat and there was nothing I could do, so I brushed it off.”

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But in March, Abi started experiencing severe stomach pain and went to hospital.

She said: “I had what felt like a stitch in my right side and it was agony. I couldn’t really walk or bend over.

“The pain didn’t stop so I went to A&E and they thought it was ­appendicitis or kidney stones. But after getting checked over again they couldn’t find anything. I didn’t know what to do.”

Doctors finally scanned Abi’s abdomen and were shocked to find the huge growth.

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Abi, from Cannock, Staffs, said: “I couldn’t believe it when they told me. They said I had a cyst in my abdomen which needed to be removed.

“I was probably born with it and it just grew and grew and I never knew. If I had left it and it ruptured it could have been really bad.”

Abi had the cyst taken out a fortnight later at Walsall Manor Hospital, West Mids.

She said: “I was so relieved when I finally got it removed and I feel like myself again.”

And she added: “I’m glad I don’t look pregnant any more, but I can’t believe I was walking around like that for so long.”

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