A rare medical phenomenon in an Israeli hospital

Israel-ALSHARQIYA  July 30: Doctors in a hospital in Israel were surprised when they found a fetus inside a new baby, in a rare phenomenon that occurs once every 500,000 births.

According to The Sun, the newborn was born earlier this month at the Assuta Medical Center in Ashdod, Israel.

The hospital said, on Tuesday, that paramedics were aware in the later stages of pregnancy, of an enlarged stomach of the fetus, which was not yet born.

After she was born, she was immediately examined with ultrasound and x-rays, to discover inside the baby a 10-week-old fetus.

During the first 10 weeks, the fetus develops a brain, heart and basic features of the face, arms and leg buds, but they are as small as the scanner on the end of a pencil.

But there was another surprise waiting for the doctors, as the baby girl carried inside her not only one fetus, but two or triplets.

A team of senior experts at the medical center performed the operation to remove the fetus, and found two similar cysts in the girl's stomach.

"There was more than one fetus, and we're still checking that," said Omar Globus, director of neonatology at Assuta Hospital, referring to the possibility of triplets.

Reports stated that the medical condition was named after the "fetus in the fetus."

This rare condition occurs in about 1 in 500,000 live births, and fewer than 200 cases have been reported in the medical literature.


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