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Doctors find a 44-year-old fetus inside an 84-year-old woman

"Stone babies" occur when a fetus dies outside of the uterus and then it is encased in calcium for protection.
Posted By Aileen Graef Follow @AileenGraef Contact the Author   |   Updated Feb. 17, 2014 at 11:56 AM

TOCATINS, Brazil, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- A 44-year-old fetus was discovered calcified in an 84-year-old woman's gut.

It's known as a "stone baby," and it was discovered by X-rays when a woman came to the hospital complaining of severe stomach pains and dizziness. The woman said she had been pregnant decades ago but assumed she miscarried; after suffering severe pain her stomach stopped growing and she could no longer feel the baby move. Doctors estimate the baby died 20-28 weeks into her pregnancy.

The woman says she does not want the fetus removed despite the health complications, and doctors plan to keep a close eye on her condition. There have only been about 300 cases of stone babies reported since the 16th century.


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