August 13, 2020 | 5:30 PM IST
fetus from stomach

Patna doctors successfully remove 1.25 kg fetus from 6-month-old's abdomen

Doctors at Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) in Bihar carried out a rare and difficult surgery on a six-month-old baby boy and removed an eight-and-a-half month-old fetus from his stomach on Thursday morning. The child, Mohammad Irfan, was brought to the hospital by his parents from Buxar district after they noticed abnormal swelling in his stomach since he was two-month-old.

Irfan’s parents took him to the local doctors who initially did not see much of a problem, but as the bloating did not reduce, he was then taken to All India Institute of Medical Sciences with a probability of a tumor.
Irfan was finally referred to PMCH and admitted to the Pediatric Unit of the hospital on January 20 after which all necessary tests were carried out. During the operation, the doctors found a fetus weighed about 1.25 kg that had developed limbs, head, and torso. It, however, did not have any heartbeat.

The condition ‘Fetus in Fetu’ is a rare congenital anomaly in which a twin fetus gets trapped inside the abdomen of its sibling while still in its mother’s womb.
The surgery was carried out by Dr. Amrendra Kumar and Dr. Nigam Prakash Narayan. The doctors said that the case was ‘rarest of rare’ and is found one in five lakh children.

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