25. A Baby Within A Baby
When a woman is pregnant, there are rare cases where she may end up having twins. Or even more than twins. However, what’s more common is that there are two embryos that develop, and one ends up absorbing the other in the uterus. It’s actually more common than people realize. xtranscendentx shared a story of something else entirely: a child who ended up being pregnant with his twin instead. Does that change the dynamic of the family right away so the mother is actually a grandma, too?
“10 y.o. boy came in with enlarging abdominal mass and intermittent generalized weakness. Imaging revealed a parasitic “fetus,” which was also growing in size. History revealed mass noted two years ago, which enlarged rapidly the last 3-4 months. Within days of admission, the boy’s organs begin to fail for no apparent reason. The family wanted surgical intervention to separate the parasitic twin against surgeons’ advice. The parasitic twin was basically starving/poisoning the boy to death. Surgeons opened the boy up and found that the boy and parasitic twin share a (stomach, liver, heart, blood vessels – mesodermal organs) basically too complex to operate. The boy passed away after.”