A 92-year-old woman from Chile went to the hospital after falling and doctors determined she had inside of her abdomen a 50-year-old unborn child who had died internally in the seventh month of the pregnancy. Doctors in Chile say that a woman has been carrying a calcified foetus for some 50 years. Chilean media say the woman, who is 92, went to hospital in the city of San Antonio after a fall. X-ray tests then revealed the presence of a foetus which weighed around 2 kilos. The phenomenon, known as a lithopedion, occurs when a foetus dies during pregnancy and then becomes calcified outside the uterus. Previous recorded cases have also involved women being unaware of the presence of the foetus until decades later. Marco Vargas Lazo, the director of the hospital called the case “extraordinarily rare,” according to the Efe news agency. The foetus was “large and developed and occupied all of her abdominal cavity,” he said. The patient has now been sent home and doctors say it is unlikely they will attempt to remove the foetus, given the risks an operation would carry for a patient of her age. She was therefore sent home without treatment. The case comes after doctors in Brazil last year discovered a 44-year-old foetus inside the body of an 84-year-old Brazilian woman. They made the remarkable discovery after the pensioner was admitted to hospital in Natividade, Tocantins state, suffering from severe stomach pains and dizziness. Medics who X-rayed the senior citizen’s stomach were astonished to see the 20 to 28-week-old ‘stone baby’ inside. G1 reported that the woman, who has not been named, told doctors there that she became pregnant 44 years ago.
After experiencing excruciating pains she went to a witch doctor as there were no proper doctors in her village at the time. She claims he prescribed her medication which almost immediately made her feel better. ‘Her stomach didn’t grow any more, the baby stopped moving and she thought it had been aborted,’ Porto Nacional hospital gynaecologist Gesneria Saraiva Kratka told G1. However, despite the death of the foetus, Saraiva Kratka said it remained inside the woman with her body quickly adapting to coping with carrying it around for more than four decades. In Columbia in 2013, an 82-year-old, from Bogota, thought to be suffering from a stomach bug, was found to have stone baby. And in 2009, a 92-year-old Chinese woman was found to have a 60-year-old ‘stone baby’ inside her. The first reported case of lithopedion was Madame Colombe Chatri, a 68-year-old French woman. An autopsy after her death in 1582 revealed she had been carrying a fully-developed stone baby in her abdominal cavity for 28 years.