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Foot Growing In Newborns head
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Colorado Springs family is part of one of the strangest cases in medical history.

Dr. Paul Grabb, a pediatric brain surgeon, said he was surprised when he discovered a small foot growing inside the brain of 3-day-old Sam Esquibel.

"The foot literally popped out of the brain," Grabb told TheDenverChannel Wednesday.

The appendage threatened the newborn's life.

When Grabb performed the life-saving surgery at Memorial Hospital for Children in Colorado Springs, he was in for another surprise: he also found what appeared to be parts of an intestine in the folds of the infant's tiny brain, in addition to another developing foot, hand and thigh.

Click here for a photo of the foot. Warning: graphic content.

"I've never seen anything like it before," Grabb told the Colorado Springs Gazette. "It looked like the breach delivery of a baby coming out of the brain."

Sam was delivered on Oct. 1, within hours of an ultrasound that showed what appeared to be a tumor developing in the brain of the fetus. Three days later, Grabb performed the surgery to remove it.

The reason for the strange growth was not clear at first. It was thought to be a teratoma -- a congenital brain tumor composed of foreign tissue such as muscle, hair or teeth -- or a fetus in fetu, which is a developmental abnormality in which a fetal twin begins to form within the other.

Grabb, the only pediatric brain surgeon in southern Colorado, said that the formal pathology report identified the mass as a teratoma because of how perfectly formed the structure was but there is a fine line between that and the fetus in fetu.

"So it's unclear if a fetal twin began to form within another," Grabb said.

Grabb said he sees a teratoma once every few years but it doesn't compare to Sam's. Teratoma tumors do not usually grow as complex as a foot.

"You show those pictures to the most experienced pediatric neurosurgeons in the world, and they've never seen anything like it," Grabb told the Gazette. "This is completely abnormal."

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/health/18297954/detail.html#-

wtf?
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Rare, but not the first time something like this has happened.
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wierd funny, but tragic, i feel bad for this kiddo, hope he grows up normal
Posted 12/18/08
Wow, it's unique and amazing at the same time. A foot growing inside a brain? It's totally abnormal. I hope that kid survives.
Posted 12/18/08
so headers wouldn't be a problem in his soccer game then?

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i'm so glad they were able to detect it before any serious damage might've occured. i can't believe all that grew inside this baby's head didn't they find a thigh and hand as well. the foot was fully formed. poor thing, that could have been his twin brother/sister.
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wtf
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rare and WTH

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Well, if they kept the foor on the kid will be able to do really unique cartwheels...
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frogfro wrote:

Well, if they kept the foor on the kid will be able to do really unique cartwheels...


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I guess the kids brother is giving his brain a kick start. The should've put the other body parts together, like in Black Jack.
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o.o poor baby, that must hurt, and look really weird
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Isn't this what they call a baby inside a baby o.O
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freaky yet interesting!!
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