Doctors Thought This 91 Year Old Woman Had A Tumor, But It Was Much More Disturbing

Doctors Thought This 91 Year Old Woman Had A Tumor, But It Was Much More Disturbing

When 91-year-old Chilean woman Estela Meléndez fell and injured herself, she went in for x-rays. What the doctor’s found inside of her was significantly more disturbing than a fractured bone.

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From IJReview:

Estela Meléndez has had a lump on her belly for years, but she’d never though anything of it.

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What doctors originally thought was a tumor turned out to be a calcified fetus that had been inside of her uterus for up to 60 years.

Meléndez told CNN:

“The doctor said I had a tumor and that they needed to operate on me”

She had never known she was pregnant. Also, she and her husband were never able to have children. Meléndez’s husband, Manuel González, died in January at the age of 91, after 74 long years of marriage.

Doctors will not operate on the fetus because it would be too risky for the elderly woman’s health, and reportedly hasn’t done her any harm in the 60 or so years it went undetected.

The nonagenarian claims that the lump does remind her of her late husband.

This is the first time I’ve ever heard of something like this, and hopefully it’s as rare as it seems. While I’m glad it hasn’t harmed this woman in the 60 years she’s been carrying it, I don’t know how I’d react to such a discovery.

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