A baby boy was born ‘pregnant’ – with his own twin brother.
Doctors discovered the half-formed baby – complete with a brain, arm and legs – behind the otherwise-healthy baby boy’s stomach after he was born.
They successfully operated to remove the 7cm mass, which they suspect was a rare ‘foetus in fetu’ twin pregnancy – one of around 200 ever recorded in the world.
Radiologist Dr BhavnaThorat, who spotted the problem during a routine scan, said: ‘It was inside a fetal sac of the newborn.’
The unnamed baby and his 19-year-old mother from Mumbra, in India, are both healthy and doing well.
‘I could see a tiny head with the brain inside’
Dr Thorat noticed the abnormality during a routine scan of the pregnant woman at Bilal Hospital in Mumbra in early July.
When the baby was born nine days later on July 20 he scanned the baby and found ‘another small baby’ inside the newborn’s abdomen.
Dr Thorat said: ‘It was inside a fetal sac of the newborn. ‘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 new born was taken to Titan Hospital in Thane for surgery.
Dr. Nichlani added: ‘The baby is now doing extremely well and the mother will begin feeding him soon.’
‘It can lead to death’
Gynecologist Dr NeenaNichlani said: ‘It is a case of monozygotic twin pregnancy sharing single placenta, where one fetus wraps itself around and envelops the other and robs the host of its nutrition.
‘It can be implanted in skull, abdomen or tail bone of the host.
‘Sometimes it can also lead to the death of the host because both get nutrition from a single cord.
‘The parasitic baby was lying behind the stomach deriving its nutrition from the host.
He said: ‘The parasitic baby has been sent for further testing, reports are awaited.
‘The parasitic baby is a male of about 6-to-7cm in length, weighing around 150g (0.33lb) and of abnormal development.’
Courtesy: DAILY MAIL.