Bringing a new child into the world is one of the best gifts a family can have. Raising a happy and healthy baby is every parent's dream, and watching them grow into a kind and respectful adult is their reward.
So, it's understandably heartbreaking when parents must watch their child deal with a serious health ailment. However, that's what a family in Gujarat, India faced when they found out their seven-month-old daughter had her parasitic twin growing inside her.
Manisha and Motisingh Rathava noticed a lump growing in their daughter's stomach and took her to the Civil Hospital.
On February 19, doctors found a 4oz fetus inside Prinsa Rathava, which was located between both of her kidneys and behind her intestines, The Sun reports.
"In this case, the undeveloped fetus had a normal vertebrae column, brain tissues, head, limb buds and an anal dimple," Dr. Rakesh Joshi, the head of the department of pediatric surgery, said.
"Since the lump was growing at an alarming rate, the parents got it checked in Baroda and then came to our hospital," Joshi added.
He explained that Prinsa suffered from a rare condition called "fetus in fetu," which is categorized as a growth caused by the "incomplete separation of twins that leads to a fetus remaining in the surviving child." The condition is estimated to only occur in one in 500,000 births.
However, medics believe the condition could have been minimized if the parents were more attentive.
Doctos said if Manisha, a first time mother, had an ultrasound prior to her daughter's birth, the condition could have been caught beforehand. They added that the parents shouldn't have waited to seek out medical attention.
"The parents of the child noticed a lump like structure in the child but ignored it," Joshi said. "This happened when the child was five months old."
There are two possibilities on how this condition occurred. The first is when a normal fetus becomes absorbed inside its twin, while other is a "highly developed teratoma," which is classified as a tumor made up of various types of tissue, including bone, muscle and hair.
Luckily, the operation was a success and Prinsa should be returning home within a few days.
"There will be no future complications in the case and she will grow up normally."
Have you ever heard of this condition before?