- Hawa Adan from Ethiopia had presented herself with 13 years of abdominal swelling and doctors in Ethiopia could not tell what ailed her
- About two months ago, she visited Mandera County Referral Hospital and was diagnosed with lithopedion
- After scrutiny, the surgeons found it was a male infant which was complete with placenta and cord weighing 1.75kg
The Mandera County Referral Hospital (MCRH) on Tuesday, November 17, successfully conducted a rare historic operation on a woman who had an abdominal swelling for years.
Surgeons from the referral hospital operated on 31-year-old Hawa Adan from Ethiopia who had a serious case of stomach swelling for 13 years.
A tweet posted by Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC) showed Hawa had previously visited most hospitals in Ethiopia but was not given any diagnosis in any of them.
It was not until September 2020 when she tried her luck at the Mandera Referral Hospital where after intensive investigations including CT scans, she was diagnosed to have lithopedion.
Lithopedion is a word derived from the Greek words lithos, meaning stone, and paidion, which is to describe a fetus that has become stony or petrified.
According to Journal of Medical Case Reports, lithopedion is a rare complication of pregnancy that occurs when a fetus dies and becomes too large to be reabsorbed by the body.
This entity in rare circumstances can be challenging for physicians to diagnose since it has a range of clinical manifestations and is a very rare condition across the globe.
The reported cases in the entire world are 300. There is no single reported case in East and Central Africa.
However, at MCRH, Hawa was operated on and delivered a stone baby successfully. The woman is now recovering at the surgical unit of the hospital.
Lithopedion is reported to occur in a situation where a fertilised ovum grows into the tubes instead of implanting in the uterus cavity.
The fallopian tube can only allow expanding of the fetus to a certain limit beyond which it will either rapture or discharge the product of conception through the fallopian tube to the abdomen cavity.
Most are lost at this point because of the harsh extra-uterine environment but few end up developing.
In Hama's case, the fetus is said to have developed into the abdominal cavity to approximately past 30 weeks at the point when the fetus was lost. In areas with a good health facility, the diagnosis is prompt and surgical removal is done.
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Hawa is said to have been diagnosed in September 2020 but she did not show up for the scheduled surgical until Monday, November 16, and was operated on the following day by a team of surgeons and gynaecologists at MCRH.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a team of Nigerian doctors made the country really proud after they successfully carried out a brain aneurysm surgery.
An aneurysm is "a ballooning and weakened area in an artery". It can happen in areas such as in the aorta, brain, back of the knee, intestine, or spleen.
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