Foetus removed from baby’s abdomen in Orissa

March 13th, 2008 - 3:35 pm ICT by admin  

Bhubaneswar, March 13 (IANS) An incomplete foetus was surgically removed from the abdomen of a child who is less than three months old in Orrisa’s Cuttack city, one of the doctors who conducted the surgery said Thursday. The boy, Bibek Gouda, had a swelling on the left side of his abdomen since his birth Dec 23 last year.

A 10 member medical team including three surgeons led by the head of the department of Urology Datteswar Hota operated upon the boy Wednesday at the Sriram Chandra Bhanja (SCB) Medical college hospital for about four hours and removed the foetus.

“It was a case of retroperitoneal teratoma which occurs in children and young adults,” Hota told IANS.

The foetus weighed about 800 grams. “It was an incomplete foetus with bones, limbs, fingers and hairs. However it was headless,” he said. “The child is stable and out of danger. We will release him from the hospital after a week,” he added.

“Bibek was born a normal child,” said his father Khirod Gouda, who hails from the southern district of Kalahandi.

“Although his behaviour was normal, he had a swelling on the left side of the abdomen. We took him to the local hospital where doctors suspected tumour in his kidney,” he said.

“They told us to consult doctors at SCB medical college hospital. We admitted him about 12 days ago.”

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