In a bizarre and rare medical case, a baby in Hong Kong was born 'pregnant' with her own twin siblings.
The condition, known as fetus-in-fetu, is an unusual developmental abnormality with an unknown cause. According to scientists, the condition occurs in about 1 out of every 500,000 births, reports Mother Nature Network.
It’s believed that the newborn began as one of three triplets, but that the two other bodies got absorbed into the newborn’s body, reports Live Science.
The fetuses were found between the baby girls’ liver and kidneys. Both were attached by an umbilical cord and placentalike mass. Naturally, the two fetuses were unable to develop because of the unusual situation.
“Weird things happen early, early in the pregnancy that we just don’t understand,” Dr. Draion Burch, an obstetrician and gynecologist, said. “This is one of those medical mysteries.”
According to the newborn’s caregivers, the fetuses will be removed.
"The human body..." one Facebook commenter wrote. "So amazing."
Many strange cases similar to this one have been reported in the past. In one instance, an 18-year-old boy carried his twin in his body until it was removed in 2011.
A similarly bizarre condition leads to the calcification of fetuses, known as “stone babies.” In one case, a woman carried around a stone fetus for 36 years until she complained of abdominal pain and had it removed.
Photo Credit: Flickr