*You’ve heard the saying, “wonders never cease to amaze?” Put this one at the top of that list.
A baby girl born in Hong Kong was found to be ‘pregnant‘ with twins.
Too small to even be called fetuses, the “foetuses,” were 8 to 10 weeks gestated, had legs, arms, a spine, rib cage and intestines.
The girl, born to Chinese mainland parents in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, underwent surgery at just three weeks old to remove them.
One of the foetuses weighed 14.2 grammes and the other 9.3 grammes. Each one had an umbilical cord. Both were also covered in skin.
After a successful surgery the little girl was discharged from hospital eight days later.
Of course the medical miracle abnormality history; with news detailed in the latest issue of the Hong Kong Medical Journal.
“Foetus in foetu” is what the condition is known as; and it occurs in just one in 500,000 births in the world.
To date, less than 200 cases have been reported.
According to Dr Yu Kai-man, a specialist in obstetrics and gyneacology, who believes this case is the first documented in the city, “It was almost impossible to detect during the prenatal check-up, as the embryo inside the baby was too small.”
The former university professor states, “Since it is impossible for the little girl to have conceived the pregnancy on her own, the fertilization of the twin fetuses, of course, belongs to her parents, which has gone to the wrong place.”
According to a report on the case, the reason for the abnormality is still unknown. The girl was born in 2010, and her condition was classified by the World Health Organisation as a type of cancer. But it has also been suggested the condition possibly links to her mother having multiple abortions.
“The widespread use of antenatal ultrasound in early gestation may provide more concrete evidence … and shed light on this intriguing condition,” the report said.
A hospital spokeswoman refused to comment on the case.