One of the year’s strangest stories involves a 44-year-old fetus known as a “stone baby” inside an 84-year-old woman.
The Brazilian woman went to the hospital on Friday due to intense stomach pains and the X-rays revealed something unthinkable. She had a fetus that had been inside her since she lost the baby 44 years ago but her body was unable to get rid of it.
The “stone baby” gets its name from the fact that the 44-year-old fetus remained in the woman’s body and accumulated calcium. This rare phenomenon is known as lithopedion and it happens when a fetus grows and dies outside of the uterus.
The fetus is believed to have died at between 20 and 28 weeks.