Enigma of the 23-year-old baby

Tucker, Holly
July 2009
New Scientist;7/25/2009, Vol. 203 Issue 2718, p46
The article details the investigation conducted by French surgeon Pierre Dionis to understand and reveal the mystery behind a fetus who was the product of a 23-year-long pregnancy. Dionis, and Queen Maria Theresa, found a deformed fetus in the collection of Father Babilart, a village priest at Pont è Mousson. The priest explained that the fetus had been cut after 23 years from its mother's belly, after her death. Dionis believed that the case of the fetus was caused by seminal vapour, which explains ectopic or abdominal pregnancy.


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