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Extremely rare case of successful birth of full-term baby who grew in abdomen not womb

By Olga Krepysheva and Tamara Zubchuk
28 March 2017

Ten doctors in Barnaul assist at 'miracle' arrival of Veronika in 41st week of pregnancy.

Medics say it is virtually unprecedented for successful full term births from such abdominal pregnancies. Picture: Nashi Novosti

The recent birth of the 4.1kg (9.1lbs) girl in the Altai region of Siberia is to be the subject of a paper in a forthcoming medical journal. Medics say it is virtually unprecedented for successful full term births from such abdominal pregnancies, and the new born 'miracle baby' has been described as one in 625 million because of the rarity.

Healthy Veronika - her name means 'faith in victory' - is shown on pictures with her 31 year old mother who has not been identified. The baby was 56 cm (22 inches) in length at birth.

The woman, who came to Siberia to flee shooting in the civil war in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine,  had minimal checks during her first pregnancy, possibly for religious reasons, and doctors only understood her almost unique condition the day before surgery to deliver the child. 

Baby in amniotic sac


Baby in amniotic sac

The baby in the protective amniotic sac and surrounded by normal amniotic fluid in the abdomen. Pictures: Nashi Novosti

From a scan 'shocked' medics realised the baby was not in the womb but the abdomen. 

Surgeon Vladimir Borovkov, deputy head doctor  at Altai Regional Prenatal Centre, said: 'Most likely, the baby was conceived naturally. But the egg was implanted in an untypical place. The baby was growing outside the uterus.'

Dr Borovkov said: 'There are not more than a dozen such cases in the world. Abdominal pregnancy happens and is not so rare, but the cases when the child survives at full term are almost unique.'

Another doctor Dmitry Erin, in charge of blood transfusion, said: 'This surgery had a high risk.'

Vladimir Borovkov

Surgeon Vladimir Borovkov, deputy head doctor  at Altai Regional Prenatal Centre, said: 'Most likely, the baby was conceived naturally. But the egg was implanted in an untypical place.' Picture: Nashi Novosti

The mother said: 'I wanted this to go the natural way, without the interference of other people. With my husband, I did not think it is necessary to go to the doctors. We have our own views. 

'I did not want to have scans or take pills. We thought we would call the doctors only when my contractions began. I felt the baby moving inside me and I was sure that all was normal. It was my first pregnancy and I was certain that it should be like this. 

'But when the time came and there were no contractions, I decided to check. After the scan I was urgently sent for surgery.' She thanked the doctors for bringing her through the life-threatening surgery. 

Surgery


Veronica

Ten doctors in Barnaul assist at 'miracle' arrival of Veronika in 41st week of pregnancy. Picture: Nashi Novosti

Another doctor in the Barnaul team, Marat Zhazhiev, said: 'We understood  the surgery was a success when the delivered baby girl began to scream. It seemed to me there was nothing more important than this scream.'

In 2014, a woman in Tanzania gave birth to a healthy baby at 32 weeks. Her fertilised egg initially implanted in her fallopian tube from where it was expelled, allowing it to implant again in her abdomen, it is believed.

In the Barnaul case, doctors are now seeking to understand the cause of the baby growing in the abdomen. 

Healthy Veronika - her name means 'faith in victory' - is shown on pictures with her 31 year old mother who has not been identified. Pictures: Nashi Novosti

Mother


Mom and Veronika

Comments (7)

All the best to the happy family! Great news and wonderful start of Veronika's life!
Anton, Novi Sad, Serbia
02/10/2017 00:18
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Another stubborn religio-fanatic fool, sorry for my harsh words but she could have been bleeding to death anytime time during pregnancy due to high risks.
Anyway let me be a bit humane too, I am though glad everything went well, hope the girls grows up healthy, and unbiased so one day she will have her own babies wont repeat same foolishness as her mother.
Jihad Jane, Kualalumpuristan
05/04/2017 08:46
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To baby & Mum...well done...to the all round medical staff...well done...& to God above...well done.

Now please God, give the family a great miracle of a long happy life together. That would be another, "Well Done".
Jaker, Dundalk
31/03/2017 09:56
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Delighted to hear of the safe arrival of baby Veronika.Well done to all the skilful medical staff.God bless the new little family.Lovely to hear some happy news for a change.
Alison Kennedy, Manchester,U.K.
30/03/2017 04:31
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Welcome to the world Baby V what brave parents you will have a fine life as you deserve it! Hoping for a wonderful family life to you all
Patricia A. gothard, Lsgunavwiods CA USA
29/03/2017 09:09
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Thanks to the doctors, nurses, and most of all science for bringing this bundle of joy into the world. A truly exceptional pregnancy, birth and baby and I'm sending Mommy, Daddy and Baby Veronika all the good vibes I can, all the way from Florida!
Samantha M., Orlando, Florida, USA
29/03/2017 02:14
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A true miracle! Unbelieveable... Good luck and God bless mother and Veronika!
William McLean, Copenhagen, Denmark
28/03/2017 22:49
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