- Wait... what? August 21
In 1978, a 24-year-old pregnant woman from the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh reportedly received the terrible news that she was suffering an ectopic pregnancy, in which the fetus grows outside the womb. The pregnancy did not go to term, just as doctors predicted, and the woman was told to have surgery to remove the fetus.
Fearing the prospect of going under the knife, the woman, according to the Times of India, sought treatment at a health center in her village instead. After a few months, the pain faded.
Recently, the now 60-year-old woman reported suffering consistent pain in her abdomen. Doctors detected a lump and ran her through several tests, which ultimately revealed that the mass was a child's skeleton. A team of surgeons from a hospital in Nagpur performed the rare procedure of removing the skeleton that had lived in the woman's body for 36 years.
If you're intrigued (and somewhat twisted), you can try to decipher the skeleton in the woman's CT scan, which is posted on the Daily Mail.- -
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