Baby born already ‘pregnant’ with her own siblings
By: Bryan Nelson
Doctors say that the bizarre condition is an example of an extremely rare developmental abnormality called fetus-in-fetu, whereby a tiny fetus (or fetuses) develops within the body. It’s not entirely clear what causes it, but it is believed to occur in about 1 out of every 500,000 births.
Though the World Health Organization typically categorizes fetuses growing inside of infants as tumors, this condition is different. Both of the tiny fetuses were found between the baby girl’s liver and a kidney, and each were attached to an umbilical cord that linked to a placenta-like mass in the girl’s belly. The fetuses were incapable of developing due to their abnormal situation — and obviously the baby girl would not have been capable of bringing them to term.
It is believed that the baby began as one of triplets, but for some reason the two undeveloped fetuses just became absorbed into the body of the remaining child. Thus, doctors guess that the two tiny fetuses are actually the baby girl’s own siblings.
“Weird things happen early, early in the pregnancy that we just don’t understand,” said Dr. Draion Burch, an obstetrician
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