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Parents Are Shocked To Learn Why Their Infant Daughter Had Gained So Much Weight

It sounds like something straight off the front page of a silly supermarket tabloid, but it actually happened. A baby girl in India was diagnosed with an extremely rare medical condition that stunned her medical team.

The 15-month-old baby was brought to the hospital because her stomach had become so swollen, the child couldn't hold down food or drink. Her impoverished parents were laborers, and they ignored the problem for as long as they could hoping it would go away. When it didn't, they knew they had to get help.

Doctors thought the baby had a tumor in her abdomen and she was rushed into surgery. When the surgeons cut the baby girl open, they couldn't believe what they found. It wasn't a tumor, it was her own twin. This mass, known as a 'parasitic twin', had attached itself to the girl's stomach with a formation that was very much like an umbilical cord, and it was feeding off the little girl.

The condition 'fetus in fetu', or one fetus getting stuck inside another, is extremely rare. There have been only 200 cases reported world-wide.

The mass had bone, flesh, and hair. Doctors removed it from the baby girl's stomach and found it weighed in at 7 lbs. 11 oz., the size of an average baby.

Some of the little girl's organs were fused to the parasitic twin, making the surgery quite complex. “Other organs like the pancreas, a portion of the spleen and left side of the colon were attached to the fetus and the blood vessels were splayed around the structure. So we had to remove and detach the blood vessels and move the organs away from the fetus without injuring them,” said the head surgeon.

Before the surgery, the baby weighed about 18 pounds. After the surgery, she lost about half her body weight.

Source: Mail Online
Photo: MailOnline/Caters News Agency

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