Foetus found inside mum after 36 years

Foetus found inside mum after 36 years
PHOTO: Foetus found inside mum after 36 years

Doctors in India have removed the skeleton of a foetus that had been inside a woman for 36 years, in what is believed to be the world's longest ectopic pregnancy.

The 60-year-old woman became pregnant at the age of 24, but suffered a miscarriage because the foetus had been growing outside of her uterus, her doctor told AFP on Monday.

The woman, from a poor rural area of central India, was "terrified" of having surgery at the time to remove the remains of the foetus. Instead, she sought medication for the pain at a clinic.

The pain gradually subsided but returned years later, and she sought medical help in a city hospital.

A team of doctors in Nagpur successfully performed surgery to remove the mass that was lodged between the woman's uterus, intestines and bladder.

This article was first published on Aug 27, 2014.
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