Baby discovered inside woman's LIVER in 'exceptionally rare' ectopic pregnancy


A BABY was discovered growing inside a woman’s liver in an "extremely rare" ectopic pregnancy, a doctor has revealed.

Paediatrician Michael Narvey, of Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba in Canada, revealed the jaw-dropping details of the case.

Baby discovered inside woman's LIVER in 'exceptionally rare' ectopic pregnancy
Surgeons managed to save the life of the woman but the foetus was not viable and the sac had already rupturedCredit: TikTok

He wrote online: "I thought I had seen it all – a 33-year-old woman comes in with a 14-day history of menstrual bleeding and 49 days since her last menstrual period.

"What they find in the liver is this: a baby.

"She had an ectopic pregnancy in her liver.

"We see these sometimes in the abdomen but never in the liver. This is a first for me."

The doctor posted a clip explaining his discovery on his TikTok account @nicu_musings.

The footage has been viewed more than 3million times in just two days and attracted nearly 17,000 comments.

Surgeons were able to save the woman's life but not that of the growing foetus.

One user said: "This must have been devastating news for the parents I hope mum is well and sorry for your loss."

Another wrote: "I don't even believe this can happen. How does a fertilised egg make it to the liver?"

According to the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, cases of ectopic pregnancies in the liver are “exceptionally rare”.

It states that in the 35 years before November 1999, there have been only 14 recorded cases.

Details of another case were published in the Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock in 2012 which described a young woman who was found to have a live 18-week foetus attached to her liver.

The 25-year-old woman sadly died from complications during surgery due to uncontrolled bleeding.

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilised egg implants outside the womb, often in the fallopian tubes and there are around 12,000 cases every year.

It can also happen on the ovaries, the cervix (neck to the womb) or another organ inside the pelvis.

In September this year, amazing photos showed a baby being born still inside an amniotic sac in an extremely rare delivery.

Known as a ‘en caul birth’, this sort of delivery takes place around one in 80,000 births.

The births are so rare because the sac usually bursts when the baby is about to be born and this even happens when women opt for or have to have a caesarian.

Back in April, proud mum Lauren gave birth to identical triplets.

Lauren, 28, said: “River was at 6.59am, Beau at 7.04am and Leo at 7.06am. It was a hectic few minutes to say the least.

“Having three identical is very rare — we have heard up to one in 200million. With triplets most of the time you get twins and one singleton.

Baby discovered inside woman's LIVER in 'exceptionally rare' ectopic pregnancy
Dr Michael Narvey is a paediatrician at the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba in CanadaCredit: chrim
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