Doctors Find 44-Year-Old Fetus in Woman, 84
Brazilian woman says she became pregnant decades ago
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2014 8:56 AM CST
In the case of this "stone baby," the fetus was implanted outside the womb.   (©)

(Newser) – In a story as bizarre as it is deja vu-ish, a 44-year-old fetus has been found in an 84-year-old Brazilian woman. The Daily Mail reports by way of G1 that the discovery came last Friday, when the woman's intense stomach pains landed her in a hospital in Tocantins state in central Brazil. X-rays revealed the unthinkable: a "stone baby." As the International Business Times explains, the rare phenomenon is known as lithopedion, in which the fetus grows and then dies outside of the uterus. With the body unable to rid itself of it, the dead fetus is instead covered in calcium as a means of protection, resulting in the "stone baby."

Per G1, the woman says she became pregnant more than 40 years ago but suffered pain during the pregnancy, and visited a healer for help. After taking what he had given her, "Her stomach didn't grow any more, the baby stopped moving, and she thought it had been aborted," says a gynecologist at the hospital where she was transferred. The gynecologist says X-rays revealed "the face, the bones of the arms, of the legs, the ribs, and the spine," of the fetus, which is believed to have died at between 20 and 28 weeks. In December, a nearly identical case was announced in Colombia. That woman opted to have surgery; the Brazilian says she does not want the fetus removed.

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Feb 10, 2015 4:35 PM CST
it isn't hard to understand why she would not want it removed, it's major surgery. The stone babies become interconnected to the organs and difficult to remove. It would be a dangerous surgery at any age, at 84 too dangerous and really un-neccesary.
Aug 29, 2014 1:13 PM CDT
"Inadvertently murdered?" What a bizarre and totally disordered idea. Murder is the intentional and unlawful taking of a human life, with malice aforethought. You don't "inadvertently" murder someone. If the child's life was ended accidentally by taking some putative drug for pain, the worst accusation you could make would be negligence. But you chose to use the word "murder" no less than three times in one paragraph. Obviously there is some unspoken motivation behind this inappropriate characterization. What is it?
Aug 21, 2014 1:10 PM CDT
I can understand at 84 she has lived with this baby inside her and may feel that it will be buried with her somehow. She never had a child after this maybe she always wanted a child. Whatever her reasoning is, we cannot judge.