In India, eight embryos were extracted from the abdomen of a 21-day-old girl. Doctors said this is the largest number of embryos ever extracted from an infant.
According to experts, cases in which embryos get inside a fetus are extremely rare. They are called parasitic twins.
According to The Sun, the girl was born in a private hospital in India on October 10, 2022. After being discharged, her parents noticed that her abdomen was severely bloated. Medics performed a CT scan on the newborn and found eight underdeveloped embryos in her abdomen.
The girl was transferred to Children's Hospital and kept under observation for 21 days before undergoing surgery to remove the embryos, which took about an hour and a half. The infant is currently recovering from the surgery.
Cases like this are rarer than one in a million births. Thanks to advances in ultrasound, they are usually detected as early as pregnancy. However, sometimes a parasitic twin can grow inside a person for years. However, there are no known cases in which a parasitic twin has completed its development and become viable.