Colorado Baby Born With Foot In His Brain
Dr Paul Grabb, a pediatric brain surgeon, was asked to see a Colorado Springs infant. The infant was delivered after ultrasound showed what appeared to be a tumor developing in the brain of the fetus. When Dr Grabb performed the surgery on 3-day-old Sam Equibel, he was surprised by what he found - a small foot growing inside the brain.
"The foot literally popped out of the brain," Grabb told TheDenverChannel Wednesday.
The foot would not be the only surprising find for Dr Grabb who performed the life-saving surgery at Memorial Hospital for Children in Colorado Springs. He he also found what appeared to be parts of an intestine in the folds of the infant's tiny brain, in addition to another developing foot, hand and thigh.
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The formal pathology report identified the mass as a teratoma. Teratomas are congenital tumors composed of tissue such as muscle, hair, or teeth. It was thought prior to the pathology report that it might be a fetus in fetu, which is a developmental abnormality in which a fetal twin begins to form within the other.
The child's name is Sam, and the mother said that Sam is a miracle. According to ABC 7 News "Sam's mom, Tiffnie, told TheDenverChannel on Wednesday that her son is doing well but that she didn't want to appear on camera because she doesn't want to exploit her child and make him appear like a freak in the eyes of the world."
Sam is reported to be alert and happy. He has some weakness on one side of his body with some trouble with eye function, but is undergoing rehabilitation. This should improve with time.
Because there is some risk of the tumor returning, Sam will need to be monitored over the next months and years to come. His mother Tiffnie said she doesn't mind driving to the hospital every week or month for Sam's MRI and blood checks, considering that he is healthy and happy. To her, "It's a miracle."