Newborn Baby Girl Born 'Pregnant' With Twins

newbornIn the latest installment of gotta-read-that-twice-to-make-sure-I-comprehended-it-correctly-the-first-time? What, you don't have a mental file labeled thusly? Well, you should, especially in light of a news story reported by the Hong Kong Medical Journal. This is so rare, in fact, it's been documented only 200 times in the history of documentation. This happened a few years ago, but it's still fascinating nonetheless. Apparently back in November 2010, a newborn girl who doctors thought had two tumors in her stomach had 8- to 10-week-old fetuses instead. Had to read that twice, didn't you?

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In what sounds like a sci-fi short story, the fetuses weighed half an ounce and a third of an ounce. Per reports, they had four limbs, a spine, a rib cage, intestines, and an anus, all of which were connected through an umbilical cord to "a single placenta-like mass." In a newborn baby girl!!

According to the study, which was recently made available on the 'net, this condition is called "fetus in fetu" and occurs in 1 in 500,000 births worldwide. It's the first case of its kind ever documented in Hong Kong. Luckily the newborn with the fetuses was able to have them removed when she was just 2 weeks old (some reports say 3 weeks, but regardless, she was very young when it happened!).

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The wonders of science and the human body, huh? If you want to know how on Earth this could have possibly happened, check out more about this bizarre story here.

Have you ever heard of anything like this before? Did you think it was even possible?

 

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