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A doctor has shared a case in which medics discovered a baby growing inside a woman’s liver in an incredibly rare ectopic pregnancy. You can see a clip about the case here:
Dr Michael Narvey, a paediatrician at Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba in Canada, said he ‘thought he’d seen it all’ until he saw the scan photos that show the foetus growing inside the woman’s liver.
Posting on his TikTok account @nicu_musings, he said: "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 clip, which has since been viewed more than three-and-a-half million times, has attracted plenty of comments from shocked TikTok users.
One person wrote: “I can’t imagine the pain of being that woman.”
Another said: “I had an ectopic pregnancy in my fallopian tube. It was the worst, most painful experience I’ve ever been through. I hope this woman is doing well.”
While someone asked: “How did this happen? How did it get there?”
Normally, when an egg is fertilised it travels down the fallopian tube and ends up in the womb where it implants itself and begins to grow.
But sometimes the embryo can end up implanted in the fallopian tube itself - this is what’s known as a standard ectopic pregnancy.
On rare occasions, the embryo can fall out of the fallopian tube all together and end up implanted somewhere in the abdomen - and even rarer again, the embryo can implant itself on the liver, like in the case the doctor above talks about.
According to the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, ectopic pregnancy that end up in the liver are ‘exceptionally rare’.
In the 35 years leading up to November 1999 there were just 14 recorded cases.
Sadly, most ectopic pregnancies miscarry within a few weeks.
In the case mentioned above, Dr Narvey explained in a comment: “Sadly the sac ruptured and the foetus had to be surgically removed to save mom.” In another comment he said the mum ‘is OK’’.