Two foetuses removed from 45-day-old baby
Mar 28, 2006 - 9:13:37 PM
In a rare operation, Pakistani doctors Tuesday removed two foetuses, one of them fully grown, from the abdomen of a 45-day-old baby.
The infant, Nazia, was brought to Pakistan's Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in Islamabad with a swollen abdomen four days ago by her parents who are poor labourers from Swat district of North West Frontier Province (NWFP).
"Such cases in medical history are very rare," Muqqadar Shah, one of the surgeons who performed the operation, told DPA.
The doctors carried out the surgery after X-ray and ultrasound tests showed abnormal growth in the abdomen. The surgeons were surprised to discover a fully-grown foetus weighing one kg.
"Her mother actually had triplets, but the other two grew in Nazia's abdomen," Shah said.
The condition of the child, who is on life support, is reported to be critical.
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