A baby from India whose stomach had become so enlarged that she couldn’t eat or drink was revealed to have had a parasitic twin growing inside of her, leeching off of her blood supply.
The 15-month-old toddler, Nisha, was determined by doctors to have a rare condition called “fetus-in-fetu,” in which a fetus had been growing inside of the baby’s stomach. Initially, Raju and Sumathi, Nisha’s parents, thought that the child simply had a large stomach, according to Daily Mail, and ignored it until she began crying and having issues eating and breathing.
Doctors also thought that the baby girl had a cyst or tumor before realizing Nisha’s rare condition.
“I too believed that it was a cyst or tumour till the ultrasound and scan showed that there were bony areas, calcified region and a teratoma-like structure [a tumour containing tissues and organs]. That was when I suspected that it was a fetus-in-fetu and quickly looked up some literature,” said Dr. D. Vijayagiri, who performed surgery to remove the growth of flesh, bone, and hair from Nisha’s stomach, according to the Times Of India.