In a rare surgery, doctors in India removed the skeleton of a baby who was left inside a mother for 36 years.
This could be the longest that the remains of an ectopic pregnancy were retained in the body of a woman. According to the sources, the woman, who became pregnant at the age of 24, was told that her child had little chance of survival because it was growing outside the womb.
AdvertisementTerrified at the thought of an operation, she fled and sought treatment for the pain at a small clinic. Months later when the pain subsided, she was convinced the problem had been treated.
Thirty-six years later, she started experiencing stomach pain and was admitted to the Lata Mangeshkar Hospital. Doctors identified the presence of a lump and the CT scan revealed the lump was made of hard, calcified matter. It was after the patient underwent a MRI that the doctors could make out that the mass was in fact a child's skeleton.
Dr BS Gedam said they asked for a detailed medical history and the patient's brother told them that in 1978 she was pregnant and had some complications. "Doctors from the local hospital had told her that foetus might have died and she would have to undergo an operation. We gathered she got scared at the prospect of surgery and so went away to her village without undergoing the operation," Gedam said.
What the team found after operating the woman was a mass containing a matured skeleton encapsulated in a calcified sac. This mass was found between the uterus, the intestines and urinary bladder, densely stuck to all the organs.