A baby boy in Mumbra, India, was born with an incredibly rare abnormality: “Fetus in Fetu,” where a fetus in the womb envelops its twin, which then acts as a parasite and uses the host twin’s blood supply to survive. Reported cases of this abnormality number in the low hundreds, according to reports. So, you know, at least that’s something.
Doctors identified the mass in utero, and upon birth they surgically removed it from the host baby’s abdomen. In the end, the parasitic fetus measured 7 centimeters long and had limbs and a brain — but no skull bone. Which is unusual, as typically the enveloped twin is malformed and lacks the organs necessary to survive, causing it to live off the host. Though it could be worse — if this were Stephen King’s The Dark Half then the mass would have been growing in the host’s brain and come complete with teeth and an eyeball.
Both the host twin and the mother are doing just fine, by the way. For now. We’ll see if the baby grows up to be a writer with a mysteriously gruesome pseudonym.
If you want to see terrifying pictures of this anomaly, you can check them out here. Or you can just watch this clip from George A. Romero’s adaptation of King’s novel and call it a night:
In the meantime I will be in the corner clutching my abdomen and tripling up on birth control.