Rare phenomenon: A 73-year-old woman has been carrying a fossilized baby for about 35 years

A woman in her 70s was shocked to discover that she had been carrying a “stone baby” in her womb for more than 30 years. The rare medical case was uncovered in Algeria, where doctors discovered the fetus in the patient’s abdomen during an x-ray. Doctors estimate that the 73-year-old woman has carried the fetus, which weighs more than 2 kg, since she was 38. However, she did not state that she had suffered from abdominal pain or other discomfort over the years. Beyond that, the patient even underwent a series of tests. Medical Over time and no specialist has discovered the remains of the fetus.

From the X-rays that were published (Photo: Reddit)

“Stone Baby” may sound like something out of a horror or fantasy movie, but it is a rare but well-known medical phenomenon. In professional parlance it is called “lithopedion” and is basically what happens when a fetus develops in a woman’s abdominal cavity and not in her uterus.

In most cases the fetus does not survive the process and dies as a result of anemia. At this point, the body has no natural way to eliminate the remnants of the fetus and so it undergoes a calcification process, in which calcium and magnesium ions crystallize on a surface or cell tissue. This is how the fetus actually hardens and appetizes. This is a very rare phenomenon in the medical community. In fact, since the 16th century only a few hundred cases have been documented – including a case of a 52-year-old woman from northern India who carried a “stone baby” in her womb for 15 years.

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Dr. Kim Gracie, a professor of medicine at the University of Cleveland Medical Center, commented on the phenomenon and said that the remains of the fetus can be removed surgically. “She is asymptomatic and the remains of the fetus do not interfere with her, a completely unnecessary surgical intervention,” he said.


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