Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cyclops Lamb Born In Ilocos Norte

A man in Badoc, Ilocos Norte got ecstatic when he won five sheep from a raffle recently. He became more delighted after finding out that two of them were actually pregnant.

Cyclops lamb (Youtube screengrab)
But the surprise did not stop there for Nestor Aganon, who didn't have any experience on raising sheep before winning the raffle. A few months later, one of the ewes gave birth to a lamb with an unusually huge eye in the middle of its face, leaving Aganon speechless.

The farmer is now hoping that the cyclops lamb will bring him more luck. Aganon said he has no plans of selling his new-found lucky charm.

According to experts, genetic problems or toxins cause such birth defect in animals medically referred to as cyclopia, which occurs when the brain doesn't divide into two lobes early in the pregnancy.

Check out below a video of a one-eyed lamb born earlier this year in Turkey.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fetus In Fetu: 2-Year-Old Boy's Twin Found In His Stomach

Doctors in Pandan, Antique found a fetus inside a 2-year-old boy's stomach. The fetus is believed to be the child's embryonic twin absorbed into his abdomen when they were both in the womb.

Screen grab of GMA News TV report (Courtesy of GMA)
The phenomenon is called "fetus in fetu" which occurs in about one of every 500,000 live births.

"Fetus in fetu" takes place at the very early stage of twin pregnancy, when one fetus wraps around and envelops the other. The dominant fetus grows, while the fetus that would have been its twin lives on throughout the pregnancy, feeding off its host twin like a kind of parasite. Usually, both twins die before birth from the strain of sharing a placenta but sometimes the host twin survives just like the case in Antique and about a dozen more that have reported by the media over the years.

The little boy, whose name has not been released publicly, was supposed to get a surgery to remove the fetus from his stomach last year but because of Typhoon Yolanda his parents failed to bring him back to the hospital. He is currently admitted at the West Visayas State University Medical Center in Iloilo City. His family are now seeking for donations for the operation and medicines.

Below is GMA News TV's report of the "fetus in fetu" case in Antique: 

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