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A mum gave birth to a “pregnant" baby who was rushed to receive a C-section after absorbing her parasitic twin.
Monica Vega was seven months pregnant when doctors realised she was carrying two babies.
Medics saw she had two umbilical cords inside her, but could not see the second twin when she was taken to hospital in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Tests revealed the baby girl Itzmara had absorbed the other foetus in the womb.
The condition is known as fetus in fetu, and comes when a normally developing fetus swallows up its twin.
It only occurs in one of every 500,000 births amid the rare case which occurred in March.
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Monica’s doctors rushed her into hospital to deliver the parasitic twin.
It was feared the other baby could injure Itzmara as she developed in the womb.
She underwent the emergency C-section.
And then just 24 hours later, little baby Itzmara had to undergo her own C-section.
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The mass of tissue had no heart or a brain when it was removed from Itzmara.
It is believed there have been only 200 reports cases of fetus in fetu.
Babies who are born without the parasitic twin being detected can survive.
And sometimes the mass may go undetected, instead existing as a tumour – which may grow teeth and hair.
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