Doctors discover decades old fetus in woman's body
February 14 , 2014
In a bizarre story, a 44-year-old fetus was discovered inside an 84-year-old Brazilian woman. Reports suggest that the woman was admitted in a hospital after experiencing intense stomach pains and X-rays revealed a "stone baby" in her body.
The rare phenomenon known as lithopedion occurs when a growing fetus dies outside the uterus and the body fails to get rid of it. The dead fetus later becomes covered in calcium for protection.
The woman mentioned that she was pregnant over 40 years ago when she visited a healer to get help with the pain. "Her stomach didn't grow any more, the baby stopped moving, and she thought it had been aborted," a gynecologist said. The fetus is believed to have died between 20 and 28 weeks of the woman's pregnancy and the X-ray showed "the face, the bones of the arms, of the legs, the ribs, and the spine."