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A 42-year-old woman from Romania was left heartbroken after the baby she thought she was having actually turned out to be an 11lb tumor.
Madalina Neagu went to a hospital reporting of a severe pain in her abdomen and thought she was in labor.
“As the woman told us she was pregnant, we initially expected pregnancy complications” said Dr. Dorin Scaladan. “In fact, the size of her belly was quite similar to that of a nine-month pregnant woman, so we didn’t have any reason to doubt what she told us.”
But after carrying out a few emergency tests, the doctors found it wasn’t a baby but a tumor inside Neagu’s uterus.
They performed a complex emergency surgery lasting several hours to remove the tumor, before Neagu was transferred to intensive care where she’s expected to make a full recovery.
“ We don’t often see a tumor of this size and in this location” said Dr. Scladan of the Botosani County Hospital. “It was a record tumor for the region in the past 15 years.”
We’re glad Neagu is on the road to recovery and the tumor didn’t result in further issues, but we have to ask: how did she not realize she wasn’t pregnant? We would imagine she would have gone to the hospital at least once for pregnancy screening.