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Doctors find 40-year-old fetus inside stomach of 82-year-old woman

By Mason White 12:35 PM December 13, 2013
X-ray of the 40-year-old fetus 

By: Debbi Gross
(Scroll down for video) An 82-year-old woman was taken to a hospital with stomach pain.

Doctors in Colombia, were stunned to find a fetus that had been inside her for the past 40 years.

The woman of Bogota, had what is known as Lithopedion, or stone baby. Lithopedion is a fetus that develops outside the uterus.

Doctors originally thought she was suffering from a stomach infection.

However, x-rays revealed the fetus, which became calcified.

There are less than 300 cases of fetuses remaining in the woman’s body reported in medical literature.

Now, the woman will undergo surgery to remove the dead fetus.

Dr. Kemer Ramirez of Bogota’s Tunjuelito Hospital said that the doctor, who was treating the woman, noticed something abnormal in her abdomen, and suspected that it might be gallstones or an infection.

“This happens when the fetus does not develop inside the womb, and moves elsewhere in the woman’s body,” Dr. Ramirez explained.

The first reported case of Lithopedion was of a 68-year-old French woman named Colombe Chatri.

She did not know about the baby, and an autopsy after her death in 1582 revealed she had been carrying a fully developed stone baby in her abdominal cavity for 28 years.

In 2009, a Chinese woman, 92, was found to have a 60-year-old stone baby inside her.