OMG: Colombian new baby born with her twin inside her

Henrietta Strickland
March 23, 2019

In a freaky case, a baby girl was born with her own twin sister growing inside her. In one exceptional case, doctors diagnosed a 47-year-old man with fetus-in-fetu.

Luckily, Itzamara was delivered safely after 37 weeks and reports suggest that the baby girl is in a healthy condition following both her birth and the keyhole surgery that was required to remove her malformed brother or sister from within her abdomen.

He alerted a local television news network, which followed Vega, who is now 33, through the birth of her daughter, Itzamara, and the surgery to remove Itzamara's partially formed twin. It was about two inches long and had a rudimentary head and limbs, but lacked a brain and heart, Dr. Parra-Saavedra said.

Doctors believe that in exceedingly rare cases, the twin embryos only partially divide, and the larger one wraps around the smaller. As the bigger twin grows, the smaller twin becomes absorbed into the abdomen. The rare phenomenon has been documented several times before and is classified as "fetus-in-fetu". While the condition is not completely unheard of, there have been fewer than 100 cases reported in the medical literature.

Itzamara is doing well, Parra-Saavedra said. Parra-Saavedra said that Itzamara "has a little scar on her abdomen, but she is a normal baby now except that the whole world is talking about her", the Star Advertiser noted.

Her mum, Monica Vega, told local media that doctors in La Merced in the city of Barranquilla in the northern Colombian department of Atlantico detected something inside her baby's abdomen seven months into her pregnancy.

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Using a specialized doppler he was able to clearly see that the "cyst" was actually a fetus, supported by a separate umbilical cord connected to the larger twin's intestine.

Dr Parra-Saavedra was stunned - but nowhere near as shocked as Monica.

'It's hard explaining to someone that they're experiencing that happens in one in a million because obviously they have never heard of it, ever seen it, and in fact most people don't know this happens, ' he explained to The Herald. "But after we showed them photos, videos, and scientific evidence they understood the phenomenon and allowed us to go ahead with the necessary steps [to handle it]". She was then referred to high-risk pregnancy specialist Miguel Parra-Saavedra, MD, who used advanced ultrasound technology to take a closer look.

But within two weeks, a scan revealed the under-formed twin had grown 20 to 30 percent - an astonishingly rapid surge that threatened Itzamara's health.

The baby had emergency surgery 24 hours after being born.

"Once we cut the umbilical cord [of the attached twin], the baby's life ended because it was surviving off its sister", Parra-Saavedra told the Herald.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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