An 82-year-old woman complaining of stomach pain was
revealed to have a 40-year-old fetus inside her body.
Multiple news agencies reported that when the Colombian woman when to a doctor in Bogota, they found a lithopedion, or
a calcified fetus, inside her stomach.
Also known as a "stone baby," a lithopedion happens
when a mother has a pregnancy that doesn't develop in the uterus, according to an article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Typically the fetuses are more than three months old and found in the
abdomen. The fetus lacks circulation, which leads to extra calcium
is so large, it cannot be absorbed by the body. Instead the fetus becomes calcified
until it is removed.
According to the Irish Independent, about one out of every
11,000 pregnancies will turn into a lithopedion. Most women do not know what
happened or that they were even pregnant, so it can remain inside them for
quite some time.
An article in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine explained
that the first known case of a lithopedion was found in 1582 in a 68-year-old
woman from Sens, France. The fetus was estimated to be about 28 years old.
The Colombian woman was reportedly transferred to a different hospital to have
the fetus surgically removed.