Tumor in Colorado Newborn's Brain Contained Foot

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A pediatric neurosurgeon says a
tumor he removed from the brain of a Colorado infant contained a
tiny foot and other partially formed body parts.
Dr. Paul Grabb says he operated on Sam Esquibel at a Colorado
Springs hospital after an MRI showed a microscopic tumor on his
brain. Sam was 3 days old and otherwise healthy.
Grabb said that while removing the growth, he discovered it
contained a nearly perfect foot and the formation of another foot,
a hand and a thigh.
He says it looked like "the breach delivery of a baby, coming
out of the brain." He says it's "borderline unheard of."
The surgeon isn't sure what caused the growth. He says it could
have been a type of congenital brain tumor or a case of a fetal
twin beginning to form within another. But he says those cases very
rarely occur in the brain.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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