Calcified Fetus Found In Woman After More Than 50 Years
Reports in June this year from Chile described a woman who, at 91 years old, found out she had a calcified fetus within her body after going into hospital for an isolated injury.
Esta Meléndez, the abovementioned woman from La Boca, Chile, discovered this strange entity while in hospital for treatment after falling over. Meléndez spoke to CNN after learning of this stone fetus within her.
“The doctor said I had a tumor and that they needed to operate on me,” Meléndez said in the video interview. However, a second X-ray revealed that the mass was not a tumor: It was a calcified fetus.
Calcified fetuses occur when a pregnancy happens outside the womb. While Meléndez’s startling find had settled in her uterus, calcified fetuses are often found within the mother’s abdomen. Usually ending with a miscarriage, the fetus can also be reabsorbed back into the mother’s body if small enough or surgically removed if too big.
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