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

44-Year-Old Fetus Found In Elderly Woman

A bizarre discovery at a hospital in Brazil: Doctors found a 44-year-old fetus inside an 84-year-old woman.

The woman went to the hospital complaining of severe stomach pains and dizziness. X-rays taken revealed she was carrying what is known as a "stone baby" that had calcified in her gut more than 40 years ago.

This phenomenon happens when a fetus dies outside of the uterus and the body then covers it in calcium as a means of protection. According to the Sao Paolo Medical Journal, there have only been about 300 cases of "stone babies" reported world wide since the late 16th century.

The woman explained she had been pregnant decades ago, but said she lost the baby after suffering pain. She said she assumed it had been aborted when her stomach stopped growing and she couldn't feel the baby move anymore. Doctors believe this woman's baby died around 20 to 28 weeks into the pregnancy.

And last December, another elderly woman in Colombia discovered a calcified baby in her abdomen. It was 40 years old and doctors removed it upon discovery.

Doctors have not removed the latest stone baby, though. Despite the elderly woman's health complications, she says she does not want the fetus removed. Doctors say they will keep a close eye on her health.

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MANUELITO February 17 2014 at 5:33 PM

Guess it can happen (obviously);

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barbbberg February 17 2014 at 12:57 PM

No, AOL: she didn't think she "had the baby aborted." No many how many mistakes, your headline writer keeps at it.

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akauf4221 barbbberg February 17 2014 at 1:05 PM

I believe in this case aborted is when a baby aborts without assistance. Unfortunately this happens too often for women who want to have children.

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SKCRCPUSCG February 17 2014 at 11:36 AM

Calicifying the fetus to protect the body, is the most fascinating and revealing part of this story... Nature is most amazing in so many and mysterious ways.

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jillvoltmann SKCRCPUSCG February 17 2014 at 11:53 AM

I absolutely agree with you. We take so much for granted, until something like this surfaces.

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Tammy Reh February 17 2014 at 11:38 AM

I am the youngest of eight children and my Mom was about 65 or so when they found one of these in her and removed it. Therefore I would not have been the last child. I was born at 3 lbs. 4 oz. and she told me for the longest she didn't know she was even pregnant with me. I would not be able to relate except someone in the family took a poloroid and it was pretty weird and looked just like a stone baby. I would like to have seen it in person.

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Marie February 17 2014 at 6:54 PM

if the baby calcified it would not have an odor. And at her age surgery could be very risky. If she can live with it I would not risk the surgery at her age either.

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horvathmich Marie February 17 2014 at 8:21 PM

you are 100% correct

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harriet Marie February 17 2014 at 9:55 PM

I agree

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muffin February 17 2014 at 11:41 AM

The sad thing here is the way this story was written/reported. It could have been written as a scientific story with a focus on facts. It could have been written focusing on the life of the woman and her feelings etc. However, it was written/reported as sensationalism, grab the spotlight, who cares about if the facts/actors are not given their due. The woman must have had some issues when she was younger. The scientific community may have had an interest in a little known occurrence. What we get is a blending of the two that was not done well.

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tstreasure February 17 2014 at 8:27 PM

Hey, read or listen - the story says the body COVERS the dead fetus in "calcium as a means of protection." It does turn the dead fetus into calcium; that's why you can still see that it had been a fetus. What I want to know is how does the fetus get to the outside of the womb. Was the fetus developing outside the womb? That risks death to mother as well as fetus. If the fetus starts on the inside how does it get to the outside??? I don't understand how the fetus gets outside the womb, but this happening is very, very sad. And for vaygollybum1 I don't doubt that it could happen to an undeveloped dead twin that gets inside the fully develop and living twin (male or female).

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Kenny P February 17 2014 at 11:45 AM

This actually happened to my mother. She was in the hospital for a hysterectomy and they found a mass with hair, skin and teeth. Yuck.

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LOFTtypeOFaVIEW February 17 2014 at 4:48 PM

Basically her body created a pearl from her baby. The same way a clam does.

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your Despotness LOFTtypeOFaVIEW February 17 2014 at 5:05 PM


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John your Despotness February 17 2014 at 10:32 PM

Wrong. Clams also make pearls.
Almost any shelled mollusk can, by natural processes, produce some kind of "pearl" when an irritating microscopic object becomes trapped within the mollusk's mantle folds, but the great majority of these "pearls" are not valued as gemstones. Nacreous pearls, the best-known and most commercially significant pearls, are primarily produced by two groups of molluscan bivalves or clams.

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MOOSH RULES LOFTtypeOFaVIEW February 17 2014 at 5:06 PM

really ?

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Cindy February 17 2014 at 12:32 PM

Why don't people learn to READ and fully understand the entire article before posting such ignorant comments?

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