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Pregnant 48-year-old Anna Mullern

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, December 05, 2006 | 0 comments

In a remarkable 1674 case in Germany, pregnant 48-year-old Anna Mullern went into labour but the pains lasted seven weeks, says Bondeson. When they ceased, her belly remained swollen. Anna recovered, and though convinced she was still carrying her first unborn child, went on to bear two healthy children.

When she died at age 94, a surgeon discovered in her belly "a hard mass of the form and size of a large Ninepin-Bowl." The lithopedion was taken before the Royal Society of London.

[Lithopedion - A "stone baby," from a tubal, ovarian or abdominal pregnancy where the fetus is never expelled and becomes calcified]


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