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The rare case of a baby being born “pregnant” has happened in India. Doctors discovered the baby pregnant with his own twin brother.
The unnamed baby had a second half-formed male baby with legs, one arm and a brain behind his stomach. A radiologist saw the unusual mass inside the baby’s foetal sac while doing a routine scan earlier this month.
The parasitic twin had a small head and brain, but had no skull. The “twins” were born to a 19-year-old mother in Mumbra, India. Experts say the “twin” birth was a case of foetus in foetu, a rare congenital anomaly in which a malformed and parasitic foetus grows within the body of a baby.
There are only 200 similar cases of twin pregnancies recorded in the world.
Doctors went down to business and operated to remove the 7cm “twin”. The baby is now doing good and remains healthy.
While the “twin” mass was fortunately identified and removed at birth on this case, in other instances they can grow inside grown beings and go unnoticed for decades. Such is the case of Jenny Kavanagh who had a 10 cm mass growing inside her life ovary for 40 years. She sought medical help after suffering severe period pains, and that’s when shocked doctors discovered the parasitic mass, which had a face, an eye, a tooth and long black hair.
She said that she tries not to feel sad about the thought that it has to be removed. She shared: “I try to remember that it had no heart and no brain. And that it would have almost certainly killed me if they hadn’t found it and removed it.”