Having a baby is a blessing from up above, and this blessing cause for a huge celebration for the expecting parents. It is a big step forward for responsible parenthood.
However, some people aren’t so lucky, though. There are many people that never have children. This could be for multiple reasons. Maybe some they didn’t want children, couldn’t afford children, or they just physically couldn’t have them.
For Estela Meléndez, that wasn’t the case. A recent discovery was made in her body that shocked the doctors who were involved.
Doctors treating this elderly woman with a suspected tumor discovered she had been carrying a fetus in her womb for more than 60 years. According to CNN, the 91-year-old, Estela Meléndez, had no idea she had ever fallen pregnant.
Medics in the town of La Boca, Chile, discovered the fetus after spotting something strange on her x-ray plates which caused doctors to become baffled. The calcified remains, which pose no health risk, had been in her uterus for more than six decades.
The doctor said I had a tumor and that they needed to operate on me,” Estela told CNN.
But medics were all stunned when the suspected tumor turned out to be a fetus. Doctors say the fetus was calcified and posed no risk to the 91-year-old. They were pretty sure that performing surgery to remove the fetus would be more dangerous than just leaving it in her body.
She was pretty much surprised about the news herself!
According to Estela, she was married for 74 years before her husband, Manuel González, died in January aged 91. She revealed that one of her few regrets was that they had been unable to have children, and that the couple “suffered tremendously”.