An Australian woman claims that after living for years in insufferable pain, doctors found teeth, hair, and a brain growing inside of her from the twin she consumed in utero. Happy Sunday!
Mamamia.com reports that Natashjja Heming says that ever since she was 13, she’s felt a “pulling” and sharp pains from the left side of her pelvis. Although she went to the doctors at 14, they were hesitant to perform anything invasive on someone so young so they suggested she take pain killers.
However, when she reached high school, the pain got much worse. Because of what doctors told her, she still believed the issue was “lady pain,” and so she just lived with it. That is, until she was 22 and the pain became so bad she returned to the doctors, convinced she had endometriosis, which runs in her family.
During the ultrasound, the technicians discovered that Heming had a cyst the size of a peach called a dermoid, a sac-like growth that had been inside her since birth. The dermoid contained hair, three teeth, brain matter, spinal fluid, and skin tissue. According to Mamamia.com, dermoids are caused from trapped skin during fetal development, and contain the same cells which produce human eggs.
Finding out about the diagnosis, Heming said, “Yay, I’m not crazy!” (She also shared that she strongly encourages other women to go to the doctor and strongly advocate for themselves when something is wrong with their bodies.)
Surgery was scheduled for the removal, which was complicated because the dermoid was wrapped around her fallopian tube. It burst during the surgery, but, after a long and painful recovery, Heming is now OK.
“I joke that I ate my twin in the womb, which is not a scientifically proven thing, but it has been mentioned,” Heming told the paper. She says that while she’s partially joking, twins do run in her family. Cue horror film music.
And with that, I’m never going to eat or sleep again.
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