This 92-year-old woman did not know she was pregnant for the last 50 years with a ‘stone baby’
Yes, there are in fact women, who are not aware they are pregnant. Sometimes, pregnancy symptoms vary and there are some who do not have any of the symptoms. Some are surprised to suddenly have labor pains, but there are some who never get the chance of giving birth.
This 92-year-old woman from Chile recently discovered that she has been carrying a “stone baby” for the past 50 years or so. The 50-year-old fetus was found inside the woman after going to the hospital in the city of San Antonio after she fell. An x-ray test revealed the presence of an object inside the woman’s abdomen that weighed around 4.4 pounds.
According to the woman, she had no idea she was carrying a calcified fetus for some 50 years. The phenomenon, known as a lithopedion, occurs when a fetus dies during pregnancy and then becomes calcified outside the uterus.
Marco Vargas Lazo, the director of the hospital called the case “extraordinarily rare.”
The 50-year-old fetus was “large and developed and occupied all of her abdominal cavity,” he said. The patient has now been sent home and doctors say it is unlikely they will attempt to remove the unborn baby, given the risks an operation would carry for a patient of her age.
A lithopedion or stone baby, is a rare phenomenon which occurs most commonly when a fetus dies during an abdominal pregnancy, is too large to be reabsorbed by the body, and calcifies on the outside as part of a maternal foreign body reaction, shielding the mother’s body from the dead tissue of the fetus and preventing infection.