If there was ever an argument for being vigilant about your health, this may be it. The mummified corpse of a fetus was found inside a 59-year-old woman in the Dominican Republic. It appears the 3-pound, 12-ounce baby died some time in the early 1980s.

All that time, the Haitian woman had complained of stomach pains, according to doctors at the hospital, but had never been seen. Meanwhile, inside her there was a mummified corpse.

She is lucky that she didn't become infected and die, which is the real danger with things like this, but it's hard to imagine what she must be feeling after carrying a nearly 4-pound fetus for three decades. Was she sad? Did she want the baby? Have other children? Did she even know she was pregnant back then?

Regardless of what she feels, she is lucky this didn't kill her years ago. This is such a strong argument for why women need better health care, especially while we're in childbearing years.

Most pregnant women spend an awful lot of time googling, so we all know the horrific things that can happen in relation to sex and babies and gynecology. Ladies, take care of yourself and, for god's sake, if you're in pain, go to the doctor. Realizing this woman may not have had the same access we do to good doctors, this should be a lesson to those of us who do to not take these things for granted.

Does this freak you out?

 

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