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Woman Who Aborted Her Baby Finds "It" Inside Her Stomach 15 Years After

what will come across as an unusual development, some doctors in India 
were recently shocked to find a woman had been carrying a calcified foetus 
in her abdomen for the past 15 years.

According to a report by Daily Mail UK, the 52-year-old, who does not 
want to be named, terminated her pregnancy back then as her family 
allegedly did not approve of her having another child.

At the time, her obstetrician and gynaecologist treating her confirmed the 
baby was successfully aborted.

However, she went on to suffer abdominal pain over the years and visited 
several doctors, who only gave her painkillers and pills for acidity.

And for the last three years, she had been continually vomiting, raising alarm.

She then went to see a specialist who discovered the rare find – and has had 
a two-hour operation to remove the 'fully grown stone baby' as a medic 
described it. 

Eventually, the woman, from a small village near Nagpur, in Maharashtra in 
the northern part of the country, met with a specialist.

Medics at Junankar Surgical Nursing Home, in Nagpur city, did a CAT 
scan and found an obstruction in her intestines, blocking the digestive system.

Dr Nilesh Junankar, a laparoscopic surgeon, said: ‘Her scan showed 
intestinal obstruction, a blockage in her food pipe along with a stone like 

'Due to this unusual report, a laparoscopy was done and to our utter 
surprise, there was a four-month old baby in the abdomen. We were 
very shocked. It’s extremely rare.’

A team of two doctors decided to immediately operate and Dr Nilesh 
removed the dead baby in a two-hour operation on November 23.

Dr Nilesh explained: ‘It was a shock for everyone present in the 
operating theatre. 

'After opening the abdomen, a fully grown ‘stone baby’. However, 
her uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes were totally normal. 

'The patient had stopped menstruating five years back and was 
not in a child bearing age.’

A stone baby, or Lithopedion as it is called in medical terms, is 
extremely rare. Only 300 such cases have been reported in the 
past 400 years worldwide.

‘Since no sonography was done, neither she nor the doctors thought 
the baby was still there,’ Dr Nilesh added.

‘The chance of abdominal pregnancy is one in 11,000 pregnancies and 
only between 1.5 to 1.8% of abdominal pregnancies develop into 

'We have removed the stone baby from woman’s body and her four 
feet intestines have also been removed.’

The woman thanked the hospital for freeing her from a decade of 
pain and has since been discharged.

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