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Nine-Inch 'Parasitic Twin' to Be Removed From Toddler's Stomach


LIMA, Peru (The Blaze/AP) -- Doctors in Peru have found a "parasitic twin" in the stomach of a 3-year-old boy, and plan to surgically remove the tissue, which includes some hair on the cranium, eyes and some bones, on Monday.

Dr. Carlos Astocondor of the medical team at Las Mercedes Hospital in the northern port of Chiclayo says the condition occurs in about one of every 500,000 live births.

He says the partially formed fetus weighs a pound and a half (700 grams) and is nine inches (25 centimeters) long.

Watch this news report about the boy:

Astocondor says the brain, heart, lungs and intestines never developed after the fetus was absorbed by the other fetus inside the mother's womb.

[H/T Huffington Post]

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