Thursday, December 18, 2008

Twin Removed from Brother's Head

3-year old Sam Esquibel appeared to have a brain tumor but was otherwise healthy. Doctors went in to remove the tumor and discovered a tiny, nearly perfect foot, hand, and thigh. "It looked like the breach delivery of a baby, coming out of the brain," the doctor was quoted. He called the discovery unique and borderline unheard-of.

The unusual formation may be due to a type of congenital brain tumor, however they are usually less complex in nature. It may also be a case of "fetus in fetu," where one twin forms in the other, but these very rarely occur in the brain.

Little Sam is doing fine but will have to return for testing and physical therapy to help with the use of his neck.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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