Posted Thursday April 25, 2013
Kang Mengru’s parents became extremely worried (to say the least!) when they noticed their daughter’s stomach growing at a rapid pace. They feared that their 18-month-old had a tumor and took her to the doctor. Upon examination the doctor discovered that Kang was carrying the fetus of her twin sibling.
This condition is extremely rare, and it occurs when one twin grows larger than the other, and the smaller twin is actually absorbed into the body of the other. It affects 1 in 500,000 births.
Kang was actually abandoned by her birth parents, and was found in a field by her now adoptive parents. They nursed her to health before discovering the ailment.
Doctors performed a procedure to remove the twin from Kang’s abdomen. The expensive, 10-hour operation was covered by the Red Cross. Everything went smoothly and Kang has since made a full recovery.
Her mom told The Telegraph, “We’re very grateful. We were so worried she would die. Before, she used to cry in pain and hold her bump like a pregnant woman. Now we can hope she can have a normal life.”
No harm was done to Kang’s uterus or womb, and she will be able to have babies of her own one day.