A 73-year-old woman had been leading a normal live so far. However, she had been complaining of stomach pain occasionally. Abdominal pain can be caused due to many different causes, so she did not take it serious. But when the pain intensified, she went to the doctor. X-rays revealed a shocking truth! The woman was carrying a “stone child” in her belly!

The fetus is around 7 months old, weighs around 2 kg, and has been in the grandmother’s womb for an estimated 35 years. It is known that during this period this woman still ate and drank and lived normally without feeling unwell. She also went to the doctor a couple of times, but no doctor knew about it.

Through observation and research, doctors found that the fetus developed in the woman’s abdominal cavity, not in the uterus. When the fetus was about 7 months old, it was stillborn because there was insufficient blood supply but it could not be expelled and gradually calcified in the womb.

Dr. Kim Garcsi of Case Medical Center at University Hospitals in Cleveland says the fetal calcification has been shown to help protect the mother from infection. However, this means that the baby is “petrified” and can remain undetected in the womb for decades.

What is a stone child?

A lithopedion, also known as a stone child,is a rare phenomenon which occurs most commonly when a fetus dies during an abdominal pregnancy is too large to be reabsorbed by the body, and calcifies on the outside as part of a foreign body reaction, shielding the mother’s body from the dead tissue of the fetus and preventing infection.

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