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A Woman Has Been Pregnant With A Calcified Fetus For Over 60 Years

But the 91-year-old is not having it removed.

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After a recent fall, Meléndez, who has arthritis, decided to get some X-rays done. When doctors initially found a mass, they thought it was something serious.


After ordering another X-ray, the doctors discovered that the mass wasn't a tumor, but a fetus. The doctors also determined that Meléndez has had the fetus in her uterus for over six decades.

This is probably due to a phenomenon known as lithopedion, in which a fetus dies during pregnancy and calcifies because it's too large to be absorbed by the body. Once calcified, the fetus poses no immediate risk to the mother.

This discovery comes just months after Meléndez's husband of 74 years, Manuel González, died in January. Meléndez told CNN that not having children was one of the couple's greatest regrets.

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