A woman from Colombia reported stomach pain to her physician and doctors determined she had inside of her a 40-year-old unborn child who had died internally.
The 82-year-old, from Bogota, had what is known as ‘lithopedion’ – otherwise known as a “stone baby.” That is a condition that happens when the fetus develops outside the womb. The mother will now undergo surgery to have the baby removed.
A Colombian woman suffering from stomach pain was found to have a 40-year-old fetus inside her. The 82-year-old, from Bogota, had what is known as ‘lithopedion’, or stone baby, when the unborn child develops outside the womb.
The woman was originally thought to be suffering from a stomach bug, NTD TV reports. But an scans revealed lithopedion, where the fetus becomes calcified.There are fewer than 300 cases reported in medical literature.
The woman will now will undergo surgery to have the fetus – mostly comprised of dead tissue – removed.
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According to NTD, Dr Kemer Ramirez of Bogota’s Tunjuelito Hospital said that the doctor overseeing the woman noticed something ‘abnormal in her abdomen’ – and suspected gallstones. An ultrasound showed nothing then radiography of her abdomen revealed a tumour in her abdominal cavity.
Dr Ramirez explained: ‘This happens because the fetus does not develop in the uterus because it has moved to another place.