Posted BY: Jasmine | NwoReport
A mother died from severe malnutrition after carrying an unborn fetus for around nine years inside her body.
The woman, originally from the Congo, visited doctors in New York complaining of stomach cramps, indigestion, and a gurgling sound after eating.
Scans revealed the 50-year-old had a ‘stone baby’ — a calcified fetus — compressed her intestines, which was attributed to a miscarriage nine years prior.
The rare phenomenon, which has only been recorded fewer than 300 times, occurs when a fetus that is developing outside the womb dies during pregnancy and is not released from the body. It is among many pregnancy complications that have severe long-term impacts on a mother’s health.
The patient refused treatment, saying she believed her health condition was related to a ‘spell’ that someone cast on her in Africa.
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The woman died 14 months after arriving in the United States.
Doctors said she died from severe malnutrition or starvation.
In these cases, death may eventually be caused by tissue degradation leading to cardiac arrest or cardiac arrhythmia, an irregular heartbeat. Other causes include an infection, brought on by a weakened immune system.