Unbelievable!!! Baby Born Pregnant with Her Own Twins
Hong Kong press shocked the public when on the news was reported that baby a baby was born pregnant with her own siblings.
However, this is not the first case something like this to happen, statistics show that 1 in every 500,000 births there is a case such as this, when a baby is born pregnant and this appearance is called fetus in fetu (or foetus in foetu). The reason how this condition is caused is still a mystery.
One of the theories is that the mass begins as a normal fetus but becomes enveloped inside its twin. The other is that the mass is a highly developed teratom.
Dr. Draion Burch from Pittsburgh who is gynecologist and obstetrician explains that in the early stages of the pregnancy some unordinary things can happen and the medical experts cannot understand why. His colleague Dr. Drai says: ”This is one of those medical mysteries.”
The World Health Organization considers this tiny fetus found within an infant to be a kind of teratoma, or tumor not a normally developing fetus.
The medical staff who treated this baby girl born in Hong Kong said that rather than a teratoma, the tiny fetuses were the remains of sibling twins that were absorbed during the pregnancy.
Missed in check-up
According to the case, Dr. Yu Kai-man, who was on the spot in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, reported that at first it was suspected for this infant to have a tumor.
Only after 3 weeks since the baby was born an operation was necessary to remove the two fetuses between her liver and her kidney.
The case report said that one of the fetuses weighed 0.5 ounces (14.2 grams) and the other 0.3 ounces (9.3 grams) corresponding to about 8 and 10 weeks gestation. Each of the babies had an umbilical cord that linked to a placenta-like mass in the girls belly.
According to the researchers, being too young to have conceived the fetuses herself, the baby girl was obviously one of triplets once, It is most likely that the fetuses have still been alive and growing when they were absorbed.
However, according to Brunch, after the absorption their development couldn’t proceed normally.
In Brunchs words: “They need placental flow and all that other stuff to really grow.”
Fetus-in-fetu may be similar to another phenomenon the vanishing twin syndrome. This occurs when one of the twins gets completely absorbed by the other during twin pregnancy. Dr. Burch says: When you do a delivery and you see an extra placenta and a cord, you say, Oh, it must have been a twin.