An unusual case involving an infant who was born with another baby growing inside of her abdomen has gained international attention after the delivering doctor alerted a local television station, which documented the child's birth and subsequent surgery to remove her partially formed. 19659002] Dr. Miguel Parra-Saavedra, a high-risk specialist in Barranquilla, Colombia, told The New York Times that he was first seen the mother, Monica Vega, when he was 35-weeks pregnant after her obstetrician suspected that her unborn child, named Itzamara, may have developed a liver cyst.
But Parra-Saavedra's equipment actually detected and fluid-filled that contained a tiny, partially developed infant, and a separate umbilical cord that was connected to Itzamara's intestine, which was acting as its blood source.
The rare phenomenon has been documented several times before and is classified as "fetus-in-fetu."
The rare condition is a congenital anomaly in which a malformed, parasitic fetus is found in the body of its developing twin
Various fetal parts can be present like the vertebrae, with a varying number of developed limbs. According to the British Medical Journal, it is estimated to occur in 1
Researchers note the occurrence is very similar to that of a teratoma, which is a type of embryonic tumor that typically forms from germ cells.
Fetus-in-fetus does not undergo a change, commonly seen with teratomas, and the laughter would not have certain features such as a vertebral column, which can be found in a fetus-in-fetus, according to the National Institutes of Health
On Feb. 22, Vega gave birth to Itzamara at 37 weeks gestation via C-section, and surgeons removed the twin laparoscopically from her abdomen the following day.
Parra-Saavedra told the New York Times that the twin had a head and developed limbs, but did not have a brain or heart.
Parra-Saavedra said Itzamara is a good condition and is a "normal baby."
"I have never heard of anything like this in my entire life," Parra-Saavedra said of making the diagnosis.
"I really did not expect this to happen."