Baby having babies. Yes, you read it right! This is exactly the case of a newborn baby girl in Hong Kong who appeared to have something unusual in her abdomen.
Initially, doctors diagnosed the masses found in a 9-pound infant as tumors. But the baby was carrying something else. She was carrying twin fetuses of her siblings!
More research showed that the fetuses, with a combined weight of less than an ounce, were 8-10 weeks old. Each fetus was found to have its own rib cage, spine, umbilical cord, brain matter, intestines, and 4 limbs.
This is one unbelievable rare condition known as fetus-in-fetu, occurring in only about 1 in every 500,000 births. According to the case study published in the Hong Kong Medical Journal this month, this happens when a partially developed fetus becomes incorporated into a normally developing fetus (its twin) in the womb.
“The baby girl was obviously too young to have conceived the fetuses herself. Instead, it’s likely that the girl was once one of triplets. Then, for some mysterious reason, the two smaller fetuses were absorbed into the body of the remaining child.” the researchers said.
While Dr. Draion Burch, an obstetrician, and gynecologist in Pittsburgh said: “The fetuses would likely have still been alive and growing when they were absorbed into the surviving baby’s body. Once there, however, their development couldn’t proceed normally.”
“Weird things happen early, early in the pregnancy that we just don’t understand. This is one of those medical mysteries.” He added.
Gladly, the baby girl born in 2010 successfully recovered from the rare condition after having surgery.
This rare birth defect is truly remarkable, and indeed a one-in-a-million case. Don’t forget to share this story with your friends.