Lithopedion cases are very rare. A woman delivered a 13-year-old stone baby at the Mandera County Referral Hospital. This happened on Tuesday, November 17 in a rare and historic medical operation. Hawa Adan had had an abdominal swelling for 13-year commonly known as lithopedion. This is an ancient Greek term for a stone baby.
In fact, the 31-year old woman from Ethiopia had sought after medical help from various hospitals. Especially, in her native country. Unfortunately, none of them offered her a proper diagnosis to her condition. Therefore, she resorted to visiting Mandera County Referral Hospital back in September. Further, Computerized Tomography (CT) scan revealed that she had lithopedion.
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Mandera Governor Ali Roba confirmed the momentous operation who commended the team of gynecologists from the hospital.”Hawa was operated on and delivered a stone baby successfully. After closer scrutiny, it was a male infant, complete with placenta and cord weighing 1.75KG. Hawa is now recovering at the surgical unit of the hospital,” read a statement from Mandera Governor Ali Roba.
This is a very rare condition. Actually, a medical report revealed that the world knows about 300 lithopedion cases only. Moreover, medical literature has recorded the cases over a period of 400 years.
However, East and Central Africa have not recorded a single case. Africa has documented three cases only. For those suffering from this condition, the fallopian tube can only allow expanding of the fetus to a certain limit. Beyond this limit, it will either rapture or discharge the product of conception through the fallopian tube to the abdomen cavity.
Lithopedia may occur from 14 weeks gestation to full term. Usually, a stone baby can remain undiagnosed for decades. Moreover, doctors may find it well after natural menopause.
Medical reports recorded that the oldest woman with lithopedion was 100 years old at the time of diagnosis. Finally, one of the reviewed cases had carried a stone baby for over fifty years before diagnosis.