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From: Jnp9  (Original Message)Sent: 12/18/2008 5:53 PM
 

Foot found in baby's brain

December 18, 2008

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

COLORADO SPRINGS–A pediatric neurosurgeon says a tumour he removed from the brain of a U.S. infant contained a tiny foot and other partially formed body parts.

Dr. Paul Grabb says he operated on Sam Esquibel at Memorial Hospital for Children, Colorado Springs, after an MRI showed a microscopic tumour on the newborn's brain. Sam was three days old and otherwise healthy.

Grabb says that while removing the growth, he discovered it contained a nearly perfect foot and the formation of another foot, a hand and a thigh.

"It looked like the breach delivery of a baby, coming out of the brain," Grabb said. "To find a perfectly formed structure (like this) is extremely unique, unusual, borderline unheard of."

Grabb isn't sure what caused the growth but says it may have been a type of congenital brain tumour. However, such tumours usually are less complex than a foot or hand, he said.

The growth may also have been a case of "fetus in fetu" ?in which a fetal twin begins to form within another ?but such cases very rarely occur in the brain, Grabb said.

Sam's parents, Tiffnie and Manuel Esquibel, say their son is at home now but faces monthly blood tests to check for signs of cancer or regrowth, along with physical therapy to improve the use of his neck. But they say he has mostly recovered from the Oct. 3 surgery.

"You'd never know if he didn't have a scar there," Tiffnie Esquibel said.

 



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From: MSN NicknameT-o-r-s-t-e-nSent: 12/18/2008 5:56 PM
makes you happy to be normal
 
i know a girl who had a mass removed from her side several years ago and it had some hair and teeth.....puke

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From: MSN NicknameSmigChickSent: 12/18/2008 6:00 PM
 
Holy crap.
 
Yeah, sounds like a fetus that never fully formed.
 
Uck.
 

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From: MSN NicknameHiccup1Sent: 12/18/2008 8:27 PM
ick
 
but lol it reminds me of my big fat greek wedding when the aunt was telling the story about her twin sister being found in a lump in her neck. they did a bibopsy cause the lump started to grow from the hormonees.

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