Surgery: The two-year-old boy had his parasitic twin removed from his stomach in a rare case of cryptodidymus or conjoined twins

Surgery: The two-year-old boy had his parasitic twin removed from his stomach in a rare case of cryptodidymus or conjoined twins

*Good Lord! What have we here?

In a rare case of cryptodidymus or conjoined twins, Xiao Feng from Huaxi recently underwent an operation when Xrays and an MRI revealed he was with child.

As it turns out, the 2-year old was carrying the under-developed foetus of his twin and was immediately rushed into surgery.

The child had been admitted after suffering breathing difficulties as a result of stomach distension, which means the stomach has been enlarged from internal pressure. The removed fetus, which would have been a boy had it lived, measured 20 cm in width and had a fully formed spine and limbs, including fingers and toes.

Conjoined twins or foetus-in-foetu siblings occur when a fertilized egg fails to fully separate; unlike identical twins, which form when an egg splits in half after fertilization.

Dr. Jonathan Fanaroff, a neonatologist at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, said some conjoined twins can survive as ‘parasites’, but not when one twin absorbs the other.

Emergency: The two-year-old underwent the surgery recently in Huaxi after he developed breathing difficulties

Emergency: The two-year-old underwent the surgery recently in Huaxi after he developed breathing difficulties

And now for the video:

Our prayers are with this baby boy and his family. RIP to his little brother.

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