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They thought it was a tumor at f ...

Posted Nov 10 2008 4:21pm

They thought it was a tumor at first but turns out he had a twin living inside him for 36 years...and it was taking over several functions of his body including the ability to breathe..rare condition but the fact that is survived so long is strange as well...BD

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

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

One doctor recalled that day in the operating room. "We were horrified. We were confused and amazed," Mehta said."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."   "We were horrified. We were confused and amazed," Mehta said.

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.

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