Thursday, May 15, 2008

9-year-old girl's twin is found inside her stomach

Ate her sister huh. Happens.

A 9-year-old girl who went to hospital in central Greece suffering from stomach pains was found to be carrying her embryonic twin, doctors said Thursday.

That should be nice and permanently scarring.

Doctors at Larissa General Hospital examined the girl and surgically removed a growth they later discovered was an embryo more than two inches long.

So how do you break this info to a 9-year-old? Hey, remember that tummy ache you had? Yeah, that was the unborn dead twin sister you would have had if you hadn't eaten her in the womb. Want a cookie?

"They could see on the right side that her belly was swollen, but they couldn't suspect that this tumor would hide an embryo," hospital director Iakovos Brouskelis said.

Oh come on, what kind of doctor can't look at a swollen stomach and not know it's the dead fetus of an unborn twin? Don't these people go to med school?

The girl has made a full recovery, he said.

Physically. Mentally she's still mumbling something about cannibalism.

Andreas Markou, head of the hospital's pediatric department, said the embryo was a formed fetus with a head, hair and eyes, but no brain or umbilical cord.

Well, lets just count our blessing she didn't poo that one out. Now that would be an awkward conversation.


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