This is what a 40-year-old fetus inside a 80-year-old woman looks like

Doctors have found a 44-year-old fetus inside the body of an 84-year-old Brazilian woman. But surprisingly, this isn't the first instance of a "stone baby" discovery. Above is a picture of a 40-year-old fetus, found in an 82-year-old Colombia woman last December.

Here are two reasons to never get pregnant. In the case of the Brazilian woman, she ended up in the hospital last Friday due to severe stomach pains and dizziness. Turns out, she had a 20 to 28-week old fetus inside of her, even though the pregnancy was terminated more than four decades ago.

The phenomenon is called lithopedion, and in spite of these two reported cases in the past couple of months, there are only around 300 recorded instances ever. What happens is sometime between 14 weeks and full term, the fetus dies. It's too big to be reabsorbed or miscarried, and for some reason, it calcifies and protects the mother's body from the dead tissue. This is almost exactly what happened to this elderly Brazilian woman after her fetus died. But it's still in there, according to an ultrasound that showed a face and bones of the arms, legs, ribs, and spine. And she has no plans to have the middle-aged fetus removed.


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