When 26-year-old Yamini Karanam went under the surgeon’s blade to have a suspected brain tumour removed, the doctors operating on her discovered something that could be classed as a medical miracle.
In September of last year, Yamini began to suffer from headaches and struggle with conservation and reading. She revealed to NBC Los Angeles, that whatever was wrong with her, was having a very negative impact upon her life.
“If a couple of people were talking in the room, I wouldn’t understand what was happening.”
After seeking medical help for her condition, doctors were initially unclear as to what exactly was ailing the PhD student. After some deliberation they decided the best course of action would be to perform keyhole surgery on her brain in case there was a tumour which needed removing.
During surgery the doctors discovered something as fantastical as it is macabre.
For lying dormant, unseen and unknown in the Indiana woman’s brain for the past 26 years of her life was her twin sister.
Yamini’s embryonic twin, known medically as a “teratoma” had been living inside the woman’s brain, complete with bone, hair, and teeth for the entire duration of Yamini’s life.
Although teratomas are extremely rare, there have been similar cases where a twin which has never developed has lived inside their brother or sister’s body for years without the host realising anything is untoward.
Dr Hrayr Shahinian, based at Los Angeles’ Skullbase Institute has preformed surgery to remove up to 8,000 tumours, but this is only the second teratoma he has come across.
As for Yamini she is just relieved that the source of her headaches and other ailments has been identified, and joked that the teratoma was was her “evil twin sister who’s been torturing me for the past 26 years.”
“I just didn’t imagine any of this.”
(Image Via The Mirror)