- The incredibly rare condition is known medically as ‘foetus in foetu’
- Mother: Unborn baby almost fully formed, only missing nose and mouth
- Surgery to remove it was a success and the twin has since been buried
A teenage boy in Malaysia has undergone successful surgery to remove a mass believed to be his unborn twin.
Mohd Zul Shahril Saidin, 15, had been carrying the foetus since birth – a condition known medically as ‘foetus in foetu’.
The incredibly rare condition is where the malformed foetus is found in the body of its twin.
According to local media reports, the foetus had hair, legs, hands and genitals.
The boy’s mother, Hasmah Ahmad, expressed her relief to local media after surgeons in the north-western Malaysian state of Kedah performed the successful operation.
Mrs Ahmad, 38, described the mass in shocking detail, saying: ‘The foetus removed from my son’s stomach was formed with organs like those of a baby – only the nose and mouth were not complete.’
She has also reportedly ‘accepted her son’s fate’, if the tumour truly was his twin.
The teenager was only hospitalised recently after he began complaining of pain over the last four months.
Mrs Ahmad said she and her family had already performed funeral rites on the foetus, which is now buried in a cemetery.
Her son is still recovering in hospital.
is estimated that ‘foetus in foetu’ occurs in 1 in every 500,000 live births.
During the early stages of pregnancy, if a woman is pregnant with twins, one of the babies can enter the other through the umbilical cord.
There, it becomes a parasite, depending on its sibling’s body for survival.
Usually, it does not survive after birth, but can be life-threatening for the baby that does survive.
The foetus is found in the abdomen in 80 per cent of cases, although there have been reports of it being found in the skull.
While the diagnosis is gaining popularity, the World Health Organisation has classified ‘foetus in fetu’ as a variant of mature teratoma, a type of cancer where the tumour is well-developed.
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