A young mother in Bangalore gives birth to a baby that held a foetus within its abdomen. This miracle of nature, is a very rare occurrence and the condition is called – “foetus in fetu” or “baby within a baby”.
It is a documented medical fact that sometimes, an aborted foetus is found within the abdomen of its twin. Now, a baby born to Sahana S P of Bangalore was recently operated upon by doctors at the
Rajarajeshwari Nagar Medical College and Hospital for what looked like a swelling in the lower portion of the abdomen.
Radiological studies showed that the abdominal mass was a well-defined object and the team led by Assistant Professor of Paediatric Surgery Dr Keshav Murthy performed a surgery to remove the mass.
Observation of the mass following surgery showed that it was a foetus with well-developed bone and cartilage, cystic structures and two structures that looked like limbs at the top portion of the mass.
Explaining this miracle, Dr. Keshav Murthy said:
“The foetus could have been a twin which did not develop during the pregnancy in the mother’s womb and descended into the child’s abdomen.”
This phenomenon is an extremely rare occurrence, when one foetus gets trapped within the body of its twin and occurs about once in around 5 lakh pregnancies.
Although in this case the trapped foetus did not survive, there have been cases when it survives like a parasite, by attaching itself to the living baby’s blood supply system and grows till it is big enough to cause harm to its host.
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