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Published December 17, 2019
Updated December 19, 2019

Baby Born “Pregnant” With Her Own Twin Needed A C-Section To Remove It

Father Holding A Baby Hand

Wikimedia CommonsA baby ended up absorbing its twin in the womb – and needed a C-section to remove it.

In more terrestrial science news, a baby was born in Colombia with a condition known as “fetus in fetu” – essentially a “pregnant baby.”

When Mónica Vega’s ultrasound revealed two umbilical cords, she believed, naturally, that she was pregnant with twins. However, doctors quickly revealed that that was not the case when they discovered that one of Vega’s babies had absorbed the other in utero. Not only that, but her baby was now “pregnant” with her own twin.

While one umbilical cord was attached successfully from baby to mother, the other umbilical cord had been absorbed into the baby, forcing one twin to essentially grow inside of the other, causing risk to the viable twin’s internal organs.

Though Vega’s delivery went smoothly, it ended up involving a C-section. And then, it involved another one, this time on her baby girl, in order to remove her absorbed twin. Fortunately, both mother and daughter recovered well, and are looking forward to happy, healthy lives.

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