There are a lot of signs and symptoms which confirms if a woman is pregnant. Newer technologies are even developed to easily detect pregnancy.
However, back in the past when there are still no technologies to confirm or deny pregnancy, some women are not aware that they are pregnant because they just ignore the symptoms that they feel.
This case however, is a different story. In Casablanca, Morocco, back in 1955, the then 26-year-old Zahra Aboutalib knew she was pregnant. She was rushed to the hospital after 48 hours of labor.
Doctors, after doing tests and routine check-up informed her that she would need to undergo Caesarian section operation. She later witnessed another pregnant woman die while giving birth.
What Zahra saw prompted her to leave and never return again. She experienced pain for a few days, but as soon as the pain was faded, she had completely forgotten about her unborn child.
After she saw how scary and hard it is to give birth, she decided to adopt three children instead.
When she reached the age of 75, her pain returned to haunt her. Her adopted son became concerned and convinced her to go to a specialist.
Professor Taibi Ouazzani suspected the reason for the protruding belly was an ovarian tumour, so he told them to do an ultrasound scan. This revealed a large mass that no one could identify.
It was then revealed that the what was inside her is her unborn child 46 years ago, which turned into a ‘stone baby’.
A lithopedion or stone baby, is a rare phenomenon which occurs most commonly when a fetus dies during an abdominal pregnancy, is too large to be reabsorbed by the body, and calcifies on the outside as part of a maternal foreign body reaction, shielding the mother’s body from the dead tissue of the fetus and preventing infection.
Zahra Aboutalib had an ectopic pregnancy where the egg had implanted in the fallopian tube. The foetus that developed, burst out of the fallopian tube and continued to develop in the abdominal cavity causing her the pains. The foetus weighed 7 pounds and measured 42 cm in length.
Thankfully, the operation performed was a success. Zahra and her family is relieved that she is now safe.
Source: Viral for Real