Doctors in a small Chilean town have discovered a calcified fetus in an elderly woman’s uterus who told them she’d never realized she got pregnant.
Estela Melendez, 91, from La Boca, Chile, says that she’s had a lump on her belly for decades, but had no idea that she was carrying a fetus.
According to the doctors, however, it has been in her uterus for more than six decades. The fetus has calcified over time and poses no health risk to Melendez. (Scroll down for the video.
1. Estela Melendez, 91, (pictured) discovered that she has carried a fetus for over 60 years.
It was not until Melendez recently suffered a fall that the doctors noticed something on her X-ray which caused concern.
Then a second X-ray was ordered which showed that the mass the doctors were looking at was not to be a tumor, but a fetus.
The news came as quite a shock to Melendez, especially considering that she and her husband were unable to have children.
Manuel Gonzalez, Melendez’s husband of 74 years, died in January at age 91.
Doctors briefly considered surgery to remove the fetus but decided that operating on a 91-year-old patient was riskier than leaving it as it is.
Melendez says that it hurts sometimes, but it’s usually nothing more than a slight discomfort.
The lump on her belly, however, does remind Melendez of her husband and their unfulfilled dream of having a baby all those years ago.
2. A woman discovers that she has carried a fetus for over 60 years.
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