Doctors Find 40-Year-Old Fetus in Woman, 82
'Stone babies' end up mummified in body
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2013 12:13 PM CST
Updated Dec 12, 2013 4:00 PM CST
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(Newser) – An 82-year-old Colombian woman went to the hospital with abdominal pain and got a diagnosis she almost certainly wasn't expecting: There was a 40-year-old fetus inside her. The condition is known as a "calcified fetus," "lithopaedian," or "stone baby," the Telegraph reports. It's very rare and happens when a fetus implants outside the uterus, cannot be re-absorbed because of its size, and ends up calcifying or "mummifying" as it decays.

Doctors thought they were dealing with a simple case of gastroenteritis, but spotted the fetus on an X-ray, the Independent reports. The woman will need to undergo surgery.

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Dec 14, 2013 9:14 AM CST
I worked with a girl who had a grapefruit-sized tumor in her abdomen and when they operated and got it out, they cut it open and found out it should have been her twin, but her body had enveloped it shortly after gestation and had been growing to the size of a grapefruit.
Sam Houston
Dec 13, 2013 3:01 PM CST
Would that be a late-term abortion by Planned Parenthood?
Dec 13, 2013 1:50 PM CST
Has the father been notified?