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Remarkable ectopic baby brings thoughts of male pregnancies

13 September 1999
By BioNews
Appeared in BioNews 25

Doctors at Kings College Hospital in London made medical history by successfully delivering a baby which had grown outside of the womb. Triplet Ronan Ingram was delivered by caesarian section shortly after his two sisters had been taken out of their mother's womb. But unlike them, Ronan had grown outside the womb, in a cavity between the womb and the bladder. Most ectopic pregnancies (those which develop outside of the womb) begin and end in one of the Fallopian tubes. Continued development poses a huge risk to the mother and the embryo and most ectopic pregnancies end in termination. But in Jane Ingram's case, her Fallopian tube ruptured, releasing the embryo into her pelvic cavity. It wasn't until the 28th week of pregnancy that doctors discovered that one of the three fetuses had attached itself to the outside of the womb. Fetuses have grown outside of the womb before, but a heterotopic pregnancy - one where one or more fetus grows inside the womb, whilst another grows outside - has never been successfully delivered. Fertility experts suggests that the remarkable event may pave the way for men to have children, by growing an embryo in the abdomen.

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