Baby Born With Foot in Brain
A Colorado doctor found a foot a brain tumor removed from newborn baby Sam Esquibel.
Doctors performed surgery on Esquibel just three days after he was born. When they examined the excised tumor, they found it contained what looked like two feet, a hand, and thigh. Sam Esquibel is said to be doing well and will likely be discharged from hospital in the near future.
"To find a perfectly formed structure (like this) is extremely unique, unusual, borderline unheard of," said Dr. Paul Grabb, the veteran pediatric neurosurgeon who performed the operation on Sam at Colorado Springs' Memorial Hospital for Children.
Prior to Sam's birth, doctors noticed fluid in Sam's brain during a routine ultrasound. They then chose to perform an emergency cesarean section. After Sam was born, they discovered the tumor after performing an MRI exam.
Just how a baby managed to be born with a foot in his brain remains a mystery. The growth may have been what's known as a teratoma, a brain tumor consisting of tissue such as teeth, muscle, hair, even eyeballs. The foot in brain may also have been a case of fetus in fetu, a condition in which a fetal twin is former within another twin.
Whatever the cause, the results are compelling and disturbing. To view a photo of the foot in brain, click here.