Saturday, 14 December 2013

Woman unknowingly pregnant for over 40 years

A Colombian woman who was originally thought to be suffering from a stomach bug was found to have a 40-year-old fetus inside her.
The 82-year-old, from Bogota, had what is known as 'lithopedion', or stone baby, when the unborn child develops outside the womb.
According to NTD, Dr Kemer Ramirez of Bogota's Tunjuelito Hospital said that the doctor overseeing the woman noticed something 'abnormal in her abdomen' - and suspected gallstones.
An ultrasound showed nothing then radiography of her abdomen revealed a tumour in her abdominal cavity.
Dr Ramirez explained: 'This happens because the fetus does not develop in the uterus because it has moved to another place.
'In this case, the abdominal part of the woman is not a viable (place) and this is what happened, a calcified fetus because the body is generating defence mechanisms and it is calcified until it stays there encapsulated.'
The patient is thought to have been transferred to another hospital to have the lithopedion removed.

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