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Tumor in Colorado Newborn's Brain Contained Foot

Tumor in Colorado Newborn's Brain Contained Foot

AP

December 18, 2008

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A pediatric neurosurgeon says a tumor he removed from the brain of a Colorado Springs infant contained a tiny foot and other partially formed body parts.

Dr. Paul Grabb said he operated on Sam Esquibel at Memorial Hospital for Children after an MRI showed a microscopic tumor on the newborn’s brain. Sam was 3 days old and otherwise healthy.

Grabb said that while removing the growth, he discovered it contained a nearly perfect foot and the formation of another foot, a hand and a thigh.

“It looked like the breach delivery of a baby, coming out of the brain,” Grabb said. “To find a perfectly formed structure (like this) is extremely unique, unusual, borderline unheard of.”

Grabb isn’t sure what caused the growth but says it may have been a type of congenital brain tumor. However, such tumors usually are less complex than a foot or hand, he said.

The growth may also have been a case of “fetus in fetu” — in which a fetal twin begins to form within another — but such cases very rarely occur in the brain, Grabb said.

Sam’s parents, Tiffnie and Manuel Esquibel, said their son is at home now but faces monthly blood tests to check for signs of cancer or regrowth, along with physical therapy to improve the use of his neck. But they say he has mostly recovered from the Oct. 3 surgery.

“You’d never know if he didn’t have a scar there,” Tiffnie Esquibel said.

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    Mandy_28115

    over 5 years ago

    374 comments

    I wonder if the baby will have a normal life. I mean not affected by this..Wow !

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    dramatic1

    over 5 years ago

    8 comments

    Wow! That's pretty neat! I'm glad the baby is okay!

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    bobbydazzle33

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    i am so glad the surgery was successful! absolutely amazing!

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    KarenL

    over 5 years ago

    12 comments

    amazing

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    Laserian

    over 5 years ago

    20 comments

    Really unbelievable, hopeful future researches may unraveil the possible cause of such rare case.

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    Nannaslove43

    over 5 years ago

    82 comments

    You know being in Colorado Springs myself you'd think I would have heard of this. Interestingly I have not. Its amazing that this is so rare.

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    aggiegirl1989

    over 5 years ago

    154 comments

    when i heard about this i thought about it being a twin that didnt form......

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    Account Removed

    over 5 years ago

    Wow, interesting article

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    emtpixie

    over 5 years ago

    328 comments

    WOW! That's a strange case. It would be interesting to see. I hope the baby continues to do well and thrive.

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