Woman Pregnant For 46 Years Gives Birth To Mummy-Like Baby
In 1955 in a small village just outside
Casablanca, 26 year old Zahra Aboutalib is
pregnant with her first child. She was
looking forward to giving birth, but after 48
hours of painful labour, she was rushed to
the local hospital. Doctors informed her
that she would need a caesarean section.
On the ward Zahra saw a woman in
terrible pain die in child-birth. She fled the
hospital fearing she would meet the same
fate if she remained.
In the days that followed, Zahra continued
to suffer excruciating labour pains but the
baby remained resolutely in her womb.
After a few more days the pains ceased
and the baby stopped moving.
In Moroccan culture, it is believed that a
baby can sleep inside the mother to protect
her honour. Zahra believed this myth and
put the pregnancy out of her mind. She
adopted three children and in due course
they made her a grandmother.
Zahra Aboutalib, Many years later when
Zahra was 75 years old, the pains
suddenly returned. Her son being
concerned for his motherâ€™s well-being
wanted her to see a specialist. For this they
had to travel to Rabat where they saw
Professor Taibi Ouazzani. He suspected the
protruding belly was being caused by an
ovarian tumour and arranged for her to
have an ultra-sound scan. This revealed a
large mass that he could not identify.
He referred Zahra to a specialist
radiographer for a second opinion. He
could see it was a calcified structure of
some sort, but it took a detailed MRI scan
to reveal that it was the baby Zahra had
conceived 46 years earlier.
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