91-year-old woman discovers she has been pregnant with 60-year-old fetus

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Doctors in the small Chilean town of La Boca have found a calcified fetus in the uterus of a 91-year-old woman who says she never realize she was pregnant.

La Boca, Chile - 91-year-old Estela Meléndez was never able to have children just found out that she had been carrying a calcified fetus in her uterus for more than six decades.


CNN reports that doctors discovered the fetus after Estela Melendez fell and received an X-ray. She told doctors she had a lump on her belly for several years, but never thought anything of it.

But after the X-ray medics discovered the large mass was actually a calcified foetus in her womb – which posed no health risk.


"The doctor said I had a tumor and that they needed to operate on me," Melendez told CNN.


This is probably due to a phenomenon known as lithopedion, in which a fetus dies during pregnancy and calcifies because it’s too large to be absorbed by the body.

Melendez's husband died in January at the age of 91. She said that one of her few regrets in her 91 years is that the couple was unable to have children.

"We suffered tremendously because of this reason," Melendez said.

Local doctors said that since the fetus is calcified it poses no risk to Meléndez, and that it would be more dangerous to operate given her age, so the fetus will stay inside her.

For now, Melendez says the lump on her belly will continue to remind her of her husband and their dream of being able to have a child.

Her story made netizens sad. It's kind of bittersweet that the child did exist and is still with her.

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