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‘Extreme medical rarity’: Baby born with twin inside stomach

Doctors say they were able to remove the embryo, that had only partially developed, from the baby girl’s stomach

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Doctors in Israel were in for a major shock following the delivery of a baby girl recently: She was born with an embryo inside her stomach, something medical officials say was a 1-in-500 000 medical rarity.

According to The Times of Israel, this is a case of “fetus-in-fetu” which occurred at at Assuta Medical Center in Ashod this past week.

“When the woman came to give birth, we got the impression that the baby had a big tummy. Because of that, the moment the baby was born, we checked her and realized that we can feel something inside her stomach, so we did ultrasound tests among others,” one of the doctors, Dr Omer Globus said.

Fetus-in-fetu: Doctor explains rare case

According to the Israeli publication, examinations on the mother already showed that the developing baby’s stomach was enlarged, and doctors were later able to confirm the unusual condition. Following the birth, the baby underwent ultrasound examinations and an X-ray. Doctors eventually managed to remove two more formations from inside the baby.

“Because of We were surprised to discover that in her stomach was a partially developed fetus. We immediately took her to the operating room and took it out. The impression we got is that there were originally two babies, and we’re checking it. The baby went through recovery for a few days and was released after her condition improved.”

Dr Omer Globus

Dr Globus further told The Times that they were able to see some bones and a heart. The baby is expected to make a full recovery and has been sent home. He said there were numerous reasons as to why such pregnancies could occur.

“It happens as part of the fetal development process when there are cavities that close during development and one of the embryos enters such a space. The fetus inside partially develops but does not live and remains there,” he said.