a pregnant man?? not literally

  1. Thought it was a pretty interesting albeit freaky read

    A Pregnant Man?
    Another Person Lived Inside a Man for Nearly Four Decades

    Sanju Bhagat's stomach was once so swollen he looked nine months pregnant and could barely breathe.

    Living in the city of Nagpur, India, Bhagat said he'd felt self-conscious his whole life about his big belly. But one night in June 1999, his problem erupted into something much larger than cosmetic worry.

    An ambulance rushed the 36-year-old farmer to the hospital. Doctors thought he might have a giant tumor, so they decided to operate and remove the source of the bulge in his belly.

    "Basically, the tumor was so big that it was pressing on his diaphragm and that's why he was very breathless," said Dr. Ajay Mehta of Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai. "Because of the sheer size of the tumor, it makes it difficult [to operate]. We anticipated a lot of problems."

    Mehta said that he can usually spot a tumor just after he begins an operation. But while operating on Bhagat, Mehta saw something he had never encountered. As he cut deeper into Bhagat's stomach, gallons of fluid spilled out -- and then something extraordinary happened.

    "To my surprise and horror, I could shake hands with somebody inside," he said. "It was a bit shocking for me."

    Removing the Mutated Body

    One doctor recalled that day in the operating room.

    "He just put his hand inside and he said there are a lot of bones inside," she said. "First, one limb came out, then another limb came out. Then some part of genitalia, then some part of hair, some limbs, jaws, limbs, hair."

    Inside Bhagat's stomach was a strange, half-formed creature that had feet and hands that were very developed. Its fingernails were quite long.

    "We were horrified. We were confused and amazed," Mehta said.

    A Mutated Body Within a Body

    At first glance, it may look as if Bhagat had given birth. Actually, Mehta had removed the mutated body of Bhagat's twin brother from his stomach. Bhagat, they discovered, had one of the world's most bizarre medical conditions -- fetus in fetu. It is an extremely rare abnormality that occurs when a fetus gets trapped inside its twin. The trapped fetus can survive as a parasite even past birth by forming an umbilical cordlike structure that leaches its twin's blood supply until it grows so large that it starts to harm the host, at which point doctors usually intervene.

    According to Mehta, there are fewer than 90 cases of fetus in fetu recorded in medical literature.

    Fetus in fetu happens very early in a twin pregnancy, when one fetus wraps around and envelops the other. The dominant fetus grows, while the fetus that would have been its twin lives on throughout the pregnancy, feeding off its host twin like a kind of parasite. Usually, both twins die before birth from the strain of sharing a placenta.

    Sometimes, however, as in Bhagat's case, the host twin survives and is delivered. What makes his case so unusual is that no one suspected Bhagat had a twin inside him for 36 years.

    Bhagat said he was very much relieved after his operation. He was not interested in knowing what Mehta did to him or seeing what he had removed from his abdomen.

    "He didn't want to see it because it was looking very ghastly," Mehta said.

    Avoiding the Gory Details

    There was no placenta inside Bhagat -- the enveloped parasitic twin had connected directly to Bhagat's blood supply. Right after the surgery, Bhagat's pain and inability to breathe disappeared and he recovered immediately.

    The case may have been a medical miracle to doctors, but to Bhagat his condition had been a source of shame and misery. All his life, people in the village where he lived had mercilessly teased him and told him he looked pregnant. Ironically, they were right in a way.

    Today Bhagat is in good health and leads a normal life, but he still gets teased occasionally.

    "They still ridicule him. What they say is, you went for an operation and you had the baby," Mehta said

    ABC News: A Pregnant Man?
  2. I've heard quite a few cases like this... I never realized it could happen until recently. It is really weird when it gets this far along...
  3. Oh my God!!! :wtf:
  4. That's so strange, hopefully the man will continue to be in good health.
  5. I think I might puke.
  6. I remember watching a program about that on CH4 once called 'Bodyshock'. On the program they opened up this boy (who I think was about 10) and found his twin inside him. They even showed it! It was sooo gross:yucky:
  7. Eh? :/ that's crazy :O
  8. oh my lord! i feel so bad for him for getting teased.. it wasnt his fault! he didnt choose it!! aww.. (kinda gross about how the fingernails were really long eww)
  9. I saw this story on the discovery channel. It was absolutely disgusting.

    On that same show, there was a young girl with two heads. But one of the heads was retarded and the other head was normal. They were both fully formed and functioning heads, but the "normal" head was correctly attached to the body and the other head was not. So basically, they removed the brain damaged head. That head cried all of the time and drooled constantly, and had no control over the body whatsoever. It did not respond to anyone or anything. It just cried and drooled.
  10. I remember that show Lori....the man with the large stomach didn't bother me but that 2-head thing really grossed me out!
  11. Oh Jesus! I already feel like I'm going to puke (I ate a whole pack of gummy bears :shame:smile: and this doesn't make it any better!
  12. I read/saw this this a while back. It's really amazing that he lived like that for so long. Really, really freaky pictures.
  13. omg didnt think it was possible
  14. heard about it few times b4 ...:sick:
  15. I have heard about this before, but never did I see someone carry around the twin for 36 years. That's amazing. :wtf: