A 15-year old Malaysian boy, has successfully undergone surgery to remove a mass believed to be his unborn twin.
The boy identified as Mohd Zul Shahril Saidin, had since birth been carrying the foetus, a medical condition known as ‘foetus in foetu’. This condition is where the malformed foetus is found in the body of its twin.
Local media reports confirm that the foetus had hair, legs, hands and genitals.
Hasmah Ahmad, the boy’s mother was beyond relieved at the success of the operation.
Hasmah, 38, speaking to local media newsmen described the foetus saying:
The foetus removed from my son’s stomach was formed with organs like those of a baby – only the nose and mouth were not complete.’
Hasmah also said her son was only recently admitted after continuous complain of pain over a period of four months. Adding that she has accepted her fate if indeed the foetus was his unborn twin.
This condition is estimated to occur in 1 in every 500,000 live births. It starts during the early stages of pregnancy, if a woman is pregnant with twins, one of the babies can enter the other through the umbilical cord, becoming a parasite. It does not survive but could become life threatening for the other twin who survives.