This baby was born 'pregnant'

By Nombulelo Manyana
01 August 2017

Doctors discovered the half-formed baby – complete with a brain, arm and legs – behind the healthy newborn baby’s stomach.

A newborn baby boy shocked doctors when he was found to be "pregnant" with his twin brother shortly after he was born.

They successfully removed the seven centimetre mass, which they suspect was a rare 'foetus in fetu' twin pregnancy.

Foetus in fetu occurs when a malformed parasitic twin is found within the body of a living child. This is one of approximately 200 cases ever recorded in the world.

The 19-year-old mother and her son from Mumbra, in Thane, India, are both said to be well and healthy following the procedure.

Gynecologist Dr Neena Nichlani said sometimes this can lead to death of the 'host' twin because they both need to feed from the same placenta.

"It is a case where one foetus wraps itself around and envelops the other and robs the host of its nutrition."

Radiologist Dr Bhavna Thorat spotted the abnormality during a routine scan of the mother at a hospital in Mumbra early July.

But it wasn't until nine days later on July 20, when the baby was born, that he found “another small baby” inside the newborn's abdomen.

"I could see bones of the upper and lower limbs of the fetus. The unique thing about it was I could see a tiny head with the brain inside.

"However, this parasitic twin didn't have a skull bone."

The newborn was taken to Titan Hospital in Thane for surgery to remove the 150g mass. Dr Nichlani added that the baby is now doing extremely well and the mother will begin feeding him soon.

Sources: Metro UK. Daily Mail UK. The Sun.

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