A baby was born ‘pregnant’ with her own sibling and needed an emergency C-section to remove it.


The baby girl named Itzmara was born through a cesarean delivery. A day later, doctors performed a C-section on her too, because she had absorbed her twin in the womb.
They diagnosed Itzmara with fetus-in-fetu, a rare condition where a malformed fetus is found in the body of its twin.
According to the National Institutes of Health, fetus-in-fetu is very rare, with only one case occurring in about every 500,000 births.
In some cases, health problems related to the condition take years to develop and aren’t treated right after birth.
When the mother, Mónica Vega of Barranquilla, Colombia, had an ultrasound at seven months pregnant, doctors discovered she had two umbilical cords inside her. One connected baby Itzmara to Vega, but the other connected Itzmara to a mass that was her parasitic twin.
When doctors noticed this, they diagnosed Itzmara with “fetus in fetu,” a rare condition where a malformed fetus is found in the body of its twin. The doctors said they needed to deliver Itzmara right away through a C-section so they could then operate on the baby. They were worried that if they didn’t remove the parasitic twin inside Itzmara, the mass could grow and injure the baby’s organs.
So after delivering Itzmara via C-section, the doctors performed a C-section on her too to remove the mass, which had no heart or brain. Itzmara was in good health following the surgery, Mamás Latinas reported.


The baby’s condition is extremely rare
According to the National Institutes of Health, fetus-in-fetu is very rare, with only one case occurring in about every 500,000 births. Additionally, authors of one fetus-in-fetu case study published in August said only 200 previous cases of FIF had been documented in medical journals.
FIF-related tumors are usually benign but sometimes can cause health problems, which Itzmara’s doctors were concerned about happening.
After a month of the procedure, little Itzamara recovered well, with barely any signs of damage or impact to her abdomen.
It was “one of the strangest and most fascinating things you can see in maternal-fetal medicine,” Dr Parra-Saavedra told his local paper The Herald.
According to experts, it was the baby girl’s twin growing inside her stomach in its own amniotic sac, with an umbilical cord and arms and legs.
Doctors decided to deliver the baby girl in the 37th week of pregnancy so that the foetus inside her would not continue to grow and potentially affect her organs.

A baby was born ‘pregnant’ with her own sibling and needed an emergency C-section to remove it.

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