Colombian Woman Carrying 40-year-old Calcified Fetus In Her Abdomen


Doctors in Colombia made a shocking discovering after admitting an elderly woman to a Bogota hospital for abdominal pain. 

According to NTD, the 82-year-old woman was thought to be suffering from gastro-enteritis, an infectious form of diarrhea. What they found instead was much more gruesome.

A radiography exam at Bogota’s Tunjuelito Hospital led to the discovery of a 40-year-old fetus in her abdomen. 

The woman suffers from a rare condition in which a woman carries a lithopedion, or a “stone baby.” A lithopedion occurs when an unborn child develops outside the womb. In this case, the fetus developed in her abdomen which is not a viable place for it to grow. 

The woman must undergo surgery to have the calcified fetus removed. 

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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