Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Something really strange

Just when you think you've heard everything, something else really strange comes along. This story is about a man who had an extremely rare condition "fetus in feto"--His twin was never born but got wrapped up inside him and lived inside his body for several decades. It should be in Ripley's Believe It or Not.

3 comments:

Chelsea said...

Wow! That's really amazing...but kind of gross at the same time, if you know what I mean!!!! :-)

Anonymous said...

I've heard this story before, and I get so nauseated from it. I can't believe that he could live like that; just carrying that load around is hard on the body....It's just one of those things I cannot understand!

Clare Krishan said...

I missed this particular broadcast but may I share a few thoughts? Notwithstanding the awkwardness such stories leave us with, I believe they are 'heaven-sent' in a funny kind of way. At a time when so many callously discount the value of life in the womb, such stories, however incomprehensible they seem to the uninitiated, are a real witness the Giver of Life and his wonders.

TLC broadcast a similar show about stone babies, discussed here:
http://omniverse.blogspot.com/2005_12_01_omniverse_archive.html#113508610685229151
where the mother's body retains rather than miscarries a deceased foetus, often conceived outside her uterus. Her body slowly entombs her baby in calcified swaddling clothes, such that although he never got to breathe his existence cannot be denied. IN another case, a young lady suffered a miscarriage of justice regarding child support for her children since DNA of her "fetus-in-fetu" flowed in her veins but was not the same as that present in the cells in her ovaries from which her three babies where conceived.

Not gross or nauseous in my eyes - these enigmas for science are wonderful exercises in humility for those in white coats who would deny the sanctity of life and the uniqueness of each and every human being! Thanks for the opportunity to share them!

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