Baby born with ‘her twin growing inside her’

2019-03-21 12:40
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A baby in Colombia has been born with her twin still inside her, Daily Mail reports.

Monica Vega was 35 weeks pregnant when a scan showed her baby might have a liver cyst but when she gave birth two weeks later, it was discovered that her daughter was born with her twin sister inside her.

The foetus was unformed but still growing with its own umbilical cord.

Itzamara, who was born on February 22 is a rare example of 'fetus-in-fetu' birth which has rarely been seen since 1808.

Dr Parra-Saavedra, who delivered Itzamara, described the birth as "one of the strangest and most fascinating things you can see in maternal-fetal medicine".

Following her birth, a team of doctors had to perform surgery on the new born to prevent her twin growing and damaging her internal organs. The keyhole surgery removed her 45-millimetre, 14-gram twin, who died when the umbilical cord was cut. The baby had arms and legs but no heart and no brain.

A month on from her traumatic birth, Itzamara is now perfect in health, with barely any signs of damage or impact to her abdomen.

Embryo.com details Fetus-in-fetu’ as a "rare variety of parasitic twins, where the developmentally abnormal parasitic twin is completely encapsulated within the torso of the otherwise normally developed host twin".

Less than 100 known cases have been reported worldwide about it as the condition is estimated to occur in one in 500 000 births.

Sources: Daily Mail, El Haraldo, Embryo

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