Twin dead foetuses removed from boy's body

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Sholapur (Maharashtra), Nov 6: In a rare surgery, a doctor in Sholapur has removed twin foetuses from a 16-year-old boy.

The boy, Kiran Patil, was admitted to the government hospital after he complained of stomach pain. Doctors located a huge tumour inside his stomach. Later, a CT scan revealed the twin foetuses inside the tumour, which were dead.

"The operation was very successful and we removed the tumour. In the tumour, we saw that the twin foetuses have stuck together in the developmental process," said Dr Devidas Maske, who removed the dead twins through a surgery on Saturday.

The removed foetuses weighed four and a half kilos, and development of hair and nails was quite visible.

In medical history, there have been around 900 such known cases of foetuses developing in a male and this is just the fourth such incident in which twins had developed in the stomach.

In April 2003, doctors at a Children's Hospital in Kazakhstan discovered the dead foetus of twin brothers when operating on a seven-year-old boy. The foetus had developed into a tumour, but was found to have hair, nails and bones.


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