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Indian Baby Born 'Pregnant' With His Twin Brother

An Indian baby boy was born ‘pregnant’ with his own twin brother, a rare form of twin pregnancy, which is one of around 200 ever recorded worldwide.

Doctors discovered the half-formed male baby with complete with a brain, arm and legs, behind the otherwise-healthy baby boy’s stomach after he was born.

A baby boy (pictured) was born ‘pregnant’

However, they managed to successfully operate and remove the 7cm mass, which they suspect was a rare ‘foetus in fetu’ twin pregnancy.

Radiologist Dr Bhavna Thorat, who spotted the problem during a routine scan, said: ‘It was inside a fetal sac of the newborn.’

The unnamed baby and his 19-year-old mother from Mumbai, in India, are both healthy and doing well.

Doctors operated to remove the 7cm mass

Dr Thorat noticed the abnormality during a routine scan of the pregnant woman at Bilal Hospital in Mumbra in early July.

When the baby was born nine days later on July 20 he scanned the baby and found ‘another small baby’ inside the newborn’s abdomen.

The half-formed baby was delivered from his brother with a brain, arm and legs but no skull

Dr Thorat said: ‘I could see bones of the upper and lower limbs of the fetus.

‘The unique thing about it was I could see a tiny head with the brain inside.

‘However, this parasitic twin didn’t have a skull bone.’

The condition can cause death if the fully-formed baby is starved of nutrition in the womb

The newborn was taken to Titan Hospital in Thane for surgery to remove the 150g mass.

Dr. Nichlani added: ‘The baby is now doing extremely well and the mother will begin feeding him soon.’

After the unnamed baby’s birth, he was taken to Titan Hospital in Thane for surgery

Gynecologist Dr Neena Nichlani said: ‘It is a case of monozygotic twin pregnancy sharing single placenta, where one fetus wraps itself around and envelops the other and robs the host of its nutrition.

‘It can be implanted in skull, abdomen or tail bone of the host.

The abnormality was noticed during a routine scan. The baby was born nine days later

‘Sometimes it can also lead to the death of the host because both get nutrition from a single cord.’

Dr Nichlani said the baby has been sent for further testing, reports are awaited.

Photo: dailymail

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