IfWorld premiere: Surgical team removes all eight fetuses from baby
Instead of a tumor, as feared, doctors discovered eight fetuses in the abdomen of a 21-day-old girl. As much as probably never before. The team managed to eliminate them.
- Fee Anabelle Riebeling
In the Indian city of Ramgarh Cantonment, doctors were treating a very special medical case: a 21-day-old baby whose stomach was unusually bulging. Due to the swelling, they initially assumed it was a tumor. But a CT scan revealed a completely different reason: The little patient was carrying eight fetuses in her abdomen.
The girl was also diagnosed with fetus-in-fetu syndrome (FIF) Fetal Inclusion I call. This is a very rare developmental disorder that can occur in multiple pregnancies (see box). they are all over the world less than 200 of these cases are known. According to the Indian medical team, the fact of having to extract eight fetuses from a human being is the first case in a child patient.
Similar case in Israel
After an extraordinary start in life, the baby in India should now be much calmer: her doctors removed all eight fetuses in an operation that lasted around an hour and a half (see image). The girl is recovering well and in good condition, since among other things Indiatoday.com reports.
Just last year, a girl was born in Israel with a stillbirth. Unlike the little Indian, who was only diagnosed after birth, the doctors were able to prepare for this: they had recognized the fetus late in the pregnancy and planned to remove the “twin” immediately after birth. It was the first time that the diagnosis had been made prenatally.