Woman Who Gave Birth To A Mummy, Weird But Amazing

Unbelievable but true!

Woman Who Gave Birth To A Mummy, Weird But AmazingIn 1955 a 26 year old woman named Zahra Aboutalib was rushed to the hospital to deliver her baby, but after and excruciating 48 hour labor, she still could not deliver the baby so she had to undergo a caesarean section but the thought of dieing in child labor terrified the woman and urged her to flee the hospital and hide in her home. After doing so, she gave birth nearly 50 years later to a mummy baby. There is a specific term for this called Lithopedion or better known as a stone baby.

Woman Who Gave Birth To A Mummy, Weird But Amazing A stone baby, is actually a calcified mass, which used to be a live fetus. It 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, shielding the mother’s body from the dead tissue of the baby and preventing infection. Although this condition is extremely rare and odd, it does happen.

In modern days, everyone would know that under no circumstance this could be normal, or possible, but an old Moroccan myth says that a baby can go asleep in the mother’s womb due to black or white magic and be can be born after the normal term alive and well.

Woman Who Gave Birth To A Mummy, Weird But AmazingHowever, that wasn’t the case of Zahra, who went into labor pains 47 years later. At that time, her son was concerned about his mother’s condition, and decided to take her to a specialist in order to see where the pains were coming from. Professor Taibi Ouazzani from Rabat, who suspected that the abnormal belly is in fact a massive ovarian tumor.
After several investigations, the X-rays proved the existence of a calcified mass in Zahra’s womb.  The woman was then rushed once again to the hospital to finally deliver her “47-year-old-baby”. The doctors took out a calcified mass which bared a remarkably resemblance to a mummy. In order to protect itself, the mother’s organism encased the fetus in a calciferous substance so that the immune system does not start a reaction.
So there you have it, the story behind “stone babies”. However unfortunate the situation is, it is amazing how old and bizarre myths influence communities.

via Amazing and Weird
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