Doctors Remove Skeleton Of Baby Left Inside Mother For 36 Years
One woman suffered what doctors believe to be the world’s longest ectopic pregnancy. When Jyoti Kumar went to the doctor she was experiencing constant abdominal pain—and experts in the Indian city of Nagpur discovered the cause was a baby skeleton that had been inside her for 38 years, KHOU reports.
[su_center_ad]The 62-year-old woman had an ectopic pregnancy when she was 24, and was told the fetus—growing outside of her womb—would likely not survive.
At some point, “She apparently knew that the baby had died and that she would need an operation,” but she was scared of surgery and fled the hospital, instead opting to get treatment for her abdominal pain at a small clinic, her doctor said.
When the paid subsided, she believed the problem had been treated.
The pain came back decades later, so she allowed doctors to remove the skeleton, which was inside of a calcified sac, from her abdomen.
“We found a lump on the lower right side of her abdomen, and feared it was cancer. A CT scan then revealed that the lump was made of hard, calcified matter,” one of the doctors said. “But it was only after the patient underwent an MRI that we could make out that the mass was in fact a child’s skeleton.
The longest known case previous to this involved a Belgian woman who had the remains removed after 18 years.[su_sky_ad]
Image: City Hospital/Cover Asia Press.