Doctors were astonished when they discovered a newborn boy was ‘pregnant’ – with his own twin brother.
Indian medics discovered the half-formed baby – complete with a brain, arm and legs – behind the otherwise-healthy new baby boy’s stomach after he was born.
They successfully operated to remove the 7cm mass which they now suspect was a rare ‘fetus in fetu’ twin pregnancy – one of less than 200 ever recorded in the world.
The 19-year-old mother and her son from Mumbra, in Thane city near Mumbai in India, are now both healthy and doing well.
Gynecologist Dr Neena Nichlani said: “It is a case of monozygotic twin pregnancy sharing single placenta, where one fetus wraps itself around and envelops the other and robs the host of its nutrition.
“It can be implanted in skull, abdomen or tail bone of the host.
“Sometimes it can also lead to the death of the host because both get nutrition from a single cord.