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Doctors save man pierced in a freak accident by 5-feet long rod through the neck

    Sagaya Fernando Mumbai: 6 November 22   A team of doctors at Apollo Multispecialty hospital in Triuchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India, saved the life of a 33-years-old man whose neck was pierced through by a feet long iron rod.   Karthikeyan, a resident of Ariyamangalam in the city, was watering the concrete slabs on the first floor of his under-construction house when he accidentally slipped and fell 15 to 20 feet down, on October 15. As he fell, a 5 feet long iron rod with serrated edges pierced through his neck and came out from the back.   “Within fifteen minutes of the mishap, his relatives rushed him to our hospital which is in close vicinity,” informed Apollo Multispecialty Hospital, Triuchirappalli, Consultant General, Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon Dr Mohamed Mansoor, who led the operating team.   “On evaluation in emergency, it was seen that he had a 5 feet long iron rod penetrating into the anterior aspect of neck and exiting the posterior aspect of neck.

Rarest ‘Fetus in Fetu’ case: 8 undeveloped fetuses removed from 21-days-old baby


Sumesh Rajan

Mumbai: 4 November 2022


In what is believed to be the world’s rarest ‘fetus in fetu’ case, eight undeveloped fetuses were removed from the abdomen of a 21-days-old infant by surgeons at Rani Children’s Hospital in Ranchi city, Jharkhand state, India.


The baby girl was born to Seema Kumari of Ramgarh on October 10. The infant’s abdomen was bloated, and the doctors there suspected it to be a tumour. She was then referred to Rani Children’s Hospital, located 50 kms away, for better treatment.


“The initial findings of the CT Scan of the baby suggested ‘a large well-defined cystic mass lesion with multiple thick septation within it seen in the peritoneal cavity extending from the left subdiaphragmatic area, pushing and compressing the stomach extending inferiorly till the lower abdomen level’ and ‘dense calcification or ossification seen within the cystic lesion’,” said Pediatric Surgeon Dr. Mohammed Imran of Rani Hospital who performed the surgery on the baby on November 1.


He added, “It was only during the surgery we were astonished to find that it was not cyst but undeveloped fetuses – not one but eight – within the 21-days-old baby.”


“The surgery lasted about one and half hours, and was a success. The baby’s condition is normal right now, and she has been kept under observation. She will be discharged in a week’s time,” said Dr Imran.


“This is the third child of the mother. The parents being of low socio-economic status are availing Ayushman Bharat Scheme (India’s national health protection scheme which covers poor and vulnerable families providing coverage up to Rs 5 lakhs per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization),” informed Dr Imran.


Rani Hospital Medical Director Dr Rajesh Kumar said, “Since it is the rarest of rare case, we are preparing it to be published in international medical journals.”


Fetus in fetu is a rare congenital anomaly. It is a condition in which a malformed fetus is located in the body of its twin. It is most frequently located in the retroperitoneal area, however, it has been reported in other locations as well.


The anomaly was first defined in the early 19th Century by German anatomist Johann Friedrich Meckel. 


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