A baby girl in China was found to be “pregnant” with twins when she was born, suffering from a rare and mysterious medical condition.
The strange case came to light in Hong Kong, where the baby was delivered at Queen Elizabeth Hospital to parents from the Chinese mainland, according to the Mirror. When the baby girl was born, it was discovered she exhibited an exceedingly rare condition called fetus in fetu, which occurs in only one in 500,000 births worldwide. Less than 200 cases have ever been documented, and according to Dr. Yu Kai-man, a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, the child’s was likely the first ever recorded in China.
“It was almost impossible to detect during the prenatal check-up, as the embryo inside the baby was too small,” Yu observed. “Since it is impossible for the little girl to have conceived the pregnancy on her own, the fertilization of the twin fetuses, of course, belongs to her parents, which has gone to the wrong place.”
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The girl was found to be pregnant with twins, which had gestated for eight to 10 weeks. Possessing legs, arms, a spine, a rib cage and intestines and covered in skin, the fetuses weighed 14.2 grams and 9.3 grams. Both of them also had umbilical cords, according to the Metro. The baby underwent surgery to remove them, which was successful, and she was discharged eight days later.
The astonishing story has been recently documented in the Hong Kong Medical Journal, though the baby girl who was born pregnant was delivered in 2010. The published report detailed that the cause of the unusual affliction remains unknown, though the World Health Organization has classified it as a kind of cancer. The report also questioned whether multiple abortions undergone by the mother may have contributed to the baby girl’s odd birth.
“The widespread use of antenatal ultrasound in early gestation may provide more concrete evidence … and shed light on this intriguing condition,” the report stated.
Fetus in fetu: a condition in which a fetus is born inside a fetus! It’s hypothized that the patient absorbs his twin pic.twitter.com/yvjnqV8TDL
— Danah Almedallah (@DanahKM) January 29, 2015
Earlier this month, another hospital in China became the site of tragedy as a birth went awry. As the Inquisitr previously reported, 45-year-old Shang Shao was being rushed to surgery in a wheelchair when she gave birth. The baby died as a result of head injuries sustained when nurses failed to notice its delivery and inadvertently dragged it behind the mother.
A spokesman at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital refused to comment on the case of the baby girl born pregnant.
[Image: Hong Kong Medical Journal via the Mirror]