This is something that's always occurred, but because there are now so many people taking so many antibiotics, it's getting worse and worse. We may never wind up creating a real-life Jurassic Park, but we don't need to. We tried to control nature, and although it worked out for a while, it's now going to hell. If the human race survives this, we're going to have to cast Jeff Goldblum as cocky soothsayer Alexander Fleming in the inevitable movie adaptation (assuming there's anyone left to shoot it).
You Could Have a Stone Baby In Your Womb For 50 Years Without Knowing It
It turns out that the miracle of pregnancy can turn into a Cronenberg-esque horror show. Wait, let us rephrase that. Pregnancy is a Cronenberg-esque horror show, but it can turn into something even worse. Three words: mummified rock fetuses.
Not to be confused with the Danish metal band of the same name.
See, when a woman becomes pregnant, the egg doesn't always set up shop where it's supposed to. This is called an ectopic pregnancy, and it usually ends up happening in the fallopian tubes, which connect the warm baby-making oven that is the uterus to the egg-filled ovaries. A lithopedion, which is the more bearable term for "calcified fetus," which is the polite term for "stone baby," is usually the end result of a pregnancy that forms somewhere in the abdomen instead of inside the uterus. Hence that X-ray above.
Any kind of ectopic pregnancy is life-threatening and may leave the woman unable to conceive again ... but that's not the horrifying part here. That would be the fact that a woman who has begun to carry a fetus somewhere less noticeable than a fallopian tube might lose the baby without knowing she was ever pregnant, like the elderly lady found to be carrying a 4-pound 50-year-old lithopedion in 2013. If the decaying fetus is too large to absorb back into the body and there isn't any way to eject it, it starts to mummify as the mother's body surrounds it in a calcified shell that protects her from the rotting process it would otherwise undergo. In other words, this atrocity is nature acting nice.
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Stone babies are so rare that there are only 300-400 recorded cases of it. But who knows: You might be case 401 already and not know it until 2066.
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