A 44-year-old fetus was found inside the stomach of an 84-year-old woman. On Feb. 13, USA Today reported that the dead fetus -- also called a "stone baby" -- was the cause of the woman's severe abdominal cramping which she sought medical attention for. Although rare, quite a few stories like this one have popped up over the past year or so. The condition is called "lithopedion" and it occurs when the fetus grows outside of the uterus and then dies there.
"With the body unable to rid itself of it, the dead fetus is instead covered in calcium as a means of protection, resulting in the 'stone baby,'" reports USA Today.
The 44-year-old fetus is still inside of the Brazilian woman. She has opted not to have surgery to have the fetus removed. Perhaps that is a smart idea since having surgery at an advanced age can be very dangerous. Despite x-rays that showed "the face, the bones of the arms, of the legs, the ribs, and the spine," of the fetus, the 84-year-old woman is adamant about not having surgery. It's unknown if there is anything that a person can do to relieve the symptoms or the pain from this condition.
In the video above you will learn about an 80-year-old woman in Bogota, Columbia, who elected to have surgery to remove the "stone baby."
The 44-year-old fetus was not so much a surprise to the woman as she knew that she was pregnant many years ago. She thought that she had lost the baby, however, not that she had lithopedion.
© Effie Orfanides 2014