Thursday, February 12, 2015
Baby Girl ‘Pregnant’ With Twins at Birth
A baby girl with a rare, mysterious medical condition was found to be ‘pregnant’ with twins almost immediately after she was born. The foetuses, 8 to 10 weeks gestated, had legs, arms, a spine, rib cage and intestines. Both were also covered in skin one weighed 14.2 grammes and the other 9.3 grammes – and each had an umbilical cord.
The birth was reported in the Hong Kong Medical Journal. The condition, known as foetus in fetu occurs in just one in 500,000 births in the world and less than 200 cases have ever been reported. Doctors are yet to fully understand what causes the condition.
The girl, born to Chinese mainland parents in Queen Elizabeth Hospital Hong Kong, had to undergo surgery at just three weeks old to remove them. The surgery was successful and the girl was discharged from hospital eight days later.
Dr Yu Kai-man, a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology, said:
‘It was almost impossible to detect during the prenatal check-up, as the embryo inside the baby was too small.
‘Since it is impossible for the little girl to have conceived the pregnancy on her own, the fertilisation of the twin fetuses, of course, belongs to her parents, which has gone to the wrong place.’
Via Metro UK
Picture: Hong Kong Medical Journal
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