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44-year-old fetus: Organs, bones, and face of unborn child seen in X-rays

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A 44-year-old fetus that an 84-year-old Brazilian woman was carrying revealed the organs, bones, and face it had in X-rays that doctors had taken.

A Feb. 15 report published by the IB Times wrote that when the woman said she was experiencing stomach pains, it was discovered that she had a "stone baby" inside her body. The fetus had grown outside her uterus then died. As a result, it "calcified," meaning calcium had formed all around its body to prevent the dead tissue from harming other parts of the woman's body. It is an extremely rare condition otherwise known as "lithopedia."

Doctors were not able to see the 44-year-old fetus through ultrasound, but could detect all the body structures that had developed inside it through X-rays. It was possible for them to see the "face, the bones of the arms, of the legs, the ribs and the spine."

The Brazilian woman remembered being pregnant 40 years ago, but said she figured the baby miscarried since it quit growing.

One in every 11,000 pregnancies has a lithopedia condition. As the report stated, since the late 16th century, only 300 cases of "stone babies" have been recorded worldwide in medical publications.

It was just a few short months ago that Colombian woman learned she also had a calcified fetus that was 40-years-old inside her body when she experienced the same types of discomfort going into the hospital (video of that can be seen above). She was 80 and had the baby removed. The Brazilian woman in this story decided to keep the 44-year-old fetus in her body.

Copyright © 2014 Heather Tooley

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