In 2014, 26-year-old Yamini Karanam moved from India to Indiana to get her PhD in computer science but became bedridden by a tumor growing on her pineal gland. On her blog, she explained that she became very tired, slept for two weeks straight and even had to miss school.
Karanam said, “Then came the headaches. Slips and misses at work followed. There were doctors. First, a couple of them and then more. Then came the “revelation”: Doctors spotted what they thought was a cyst on Karanam’s pineal gland, a tiny pea-like structure in the center of the brain that French philosopher René Descartes called the “principal seat of the soul.”
She continued, “The fear didn’t sink in yet. [My] will was undeterred because it was hardly put to test. [My] energy levels were sinking and fatigue started crippling [my] days. … Months and weeks slipped through [my] fingers. There weren’t any diagnostic procedures left to run on [me]. Consultations followed procedures but nobody said anything useful. It was like white noise passed from the doctor to the patient to the support system. Now, they called it a tumor and that’s all 21st century medicine could do in three months.”
Unfortunately, doctors told Karanam that removing the tumor would be too dangerous and could cause irreversible damage to her brain. But Karanam refused to give up, and after six months of searching, Dr. Hrayr Shaninian agreed to perform the surgery to remove the tumor. Dr. Shaninian is a neurologist at the Skullbase Insistute in Los Angeles, California.
However, when Dr. Shaninian went in to remove the tumor, she found a teratoma, which is mass of bone, hair, teeth and even eyes. According to The Embryo Protect Encyclopedia, teratomas are embryonal tumors and considered the most common brain tumors in infants less than 36 months old. Experts say that these tumors are sometimes composed of tissues that derive from germ layers, which contribute to the formation of organs and tissues during embryonic development. Thankfully, teratomas are also usually benign.
Now Karanam is recovering from her surgery and refers to the tumor as her evil twin sister who’s been torturing her for the past 26 years.
As LifeNews previously reported, in 2010 a similar story surfaced out of Hong Kong. A baby girl was born “pregnant” with twins growing inside her; and the deceased unborn babies were between eight and ten weeks gestation, had legs, arms, a spine, rib cage, primitive brain tissue and intestines. According to the Mirror Online, both were covered in skin; and one weighed half an ounce and the other a third of an ounce – and each had an umbilical cord.
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The doctors first discovered the rare phenomenon in the baby girl during an ultrasound of the mother. Then, after the girl was born, tests determined the infant had the rare condition fetus-in-fetu. The condition has been reported fewer than 200 times in the world and occurs in an estimated one in 500,000 births.
The infant underwent surgery three weeks after her birth to remove the fetuses. The reason behind the abnormality is largely unknown but the World Health Organization classifies it as a type of cancer called mature teratoma.