A two-month-old baby underwent a complicated surgery in Thane on Friday to remove a foetus inside her. Ishita Gupta’s case is among the rarest, medically termed as ‘foetus in feotu’, wherein a mass of tissue resembling a foetus forms inside the body. Ishita was operated upon by Dr Laxmikant Kasat at Kaushalya Medical Foundation in Panchpakhadi.
Ishita’s parents are originally from Delhi but she was born at a private hospital in Bhiwandi, where her maternal grandparents reside. Her mother is a housewife, while her father works as an interior designer.
“Her stomach was distended and she would cry when we would touch it.
So, we took her to a hospital in Bhiwandi. She was given some medicines for a week but she didn’t get any better. We then went to another doctor who asked us to get a sonography done. A tumour was seen inside and he referred us to Dr. Kasat,” said Ishita’s mother Kiran, 27.
Dr Kasat advised a CT scan. “The scan showed hair, a spinal cord and legs. I realised that it was a rare case of ‘foetus in foetu’. There are only 94 such cases in the world and around seven cases in India. It is the first such case in Thane district. Such cases occur one in 5,00,000 births,” said Dr. Kasat, a paediatric surgeon.