Fetus In Fetu
Who says you need an uterus, or even two X chromosomes, to carry a pregnancy?
Believe it or not, a 16-year-old boy was carrying its twin brother inside his body!
Doctors at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) yesterday operated on the boy named Abu Raihan and found a foetus-in-foeto--the term for such unborn foetus--weighing 1.5 kilograms.
The foetus was found with grown up hair, legs and the genital although the development of the head and brain was very little. It also had two teeth and two slightly developed hands.
It is a matter of surprise how a boy could carry a living "child" in his body without any uterus! "We were prepared for such a surprise," said Prof MA Majid of the surgery department. "Medical science says it is possible but this is the first such case in my professional life," said the former head of the surgery department of Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
From 9:00 am to 1:00pm a seven-member board conducted the operation and it was a successful operation, he said, adding that the boy is now out of danger and will not face any problem in future.
More on fetus-in-fetu here [WARNING, graphic drawings], and here [WARNING, graphic pictures].