Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fetus In Fetu: 2-Year-Old Boy's Twin Found In His Stomach

Doctors in Pandan, Antique found a fetus inside a 2-year-old boy's stomach. The fetus is believed to be the child's embryonic twin absorbed into his abdomen when they were both in the womb.

Screen grab of GMA News TV report (Courtesy of GMA)
The phenomenon is called "fetus in fetu" which occurs in about one of every 500,000 live births.

"Fetus in fetu" takes place at the very early stage of twin pregnancy, when one fetus wraps around and envelops the other. The dominant fetus grows, while the fetus that would have been its twin lives on throughout the pregnancy, feeding off its host twin like a kind of parasite. Usually, both twins die before birth from the strain of sharing a placenta but sometimes the host twin survives just like the case in Antique and about a dozen more that have reported by the media over the years.

The little boy, whose name has not been released publicly, was supposed to get a surgery to remove the fetus from his stomach last year but because of Typhoon Yolanda his parents failed to bring him back to the hospital. He is currently admitted at the West Visayas State University Medical Center in Iloilo City. His family are now seeking for donations for the operation and medicines.

Below is GMA News TV's report of the "fetus in fetu" case in Antique: 
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Hyundai Genesis, Sonata In 2015 North American Car Of The Year Short List

The all-new Hyundai Genesis and the latest Hyundai Sonata made it to the 2015 North American Car of the Year short list. Hyundai was the only brand with two vehicles among the 10 selected.

Hyundai Genesis (Photo courtesy of Hyundai)
From the ten cars in the short list, three finalists will be chosen later this year, with the winner to be announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Hyundai has won the Car of the Year award twice, in 2012 for Elantra and 2009 for Genesis. Sonata came in second in 2011. This is the first time that two Hyundai vehicles have been included in the short list in the same year.

"This is a tremendous recognition of two great products and an outstanding team effort," said Dave Zuchowski, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. "Our design group, assembly plant, service engineering and product planning teams all were critically responsible in developing and launching these vehicles, that we can now say are two of the best introduced this year. The competition is certainly tough, so we know we’ve got our work cut out for us."

The short list for the 2015 North American Car of the Year includes the following: Acura TLX, Audi A3, Chrysler 200, Ford Mustang, Honda Fit, Hyundai Genesis, Hyundai Sonata, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Toyota Camry, and Volkswagen Golf/GTI. FULL STORY...

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