DomRep: X-rays find petrified fetus in woman

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Posted: Mar 29, 2011 12:25 PM
DomRep: X-rays find petrified fetus in woman

Dominican health officials say they have removed the mummified remains of a fetus from the abdomen of a 59-year-old woman, who had no clue what was causing the sharp pain in her stomach for decades.

Miladys Roman is the chief gynecologist at Luis Eduardo Aybar Hospital in Santo Domingo. She says the woman had carried the petrified fetus for at least 30 years.

The Haitian woman told physicians she had long experienced pain but she never received adequate medical attention until she recently entered the public hospital with digestive complaints.

Roman told reporters late Monday that the remains of the fetus weighed 3 pounds and 12 ounces (1.73 kilograms).