TAMIL NADU

Dead foetus removed

DINDIGUL, OCT. 7. Doctors in the Dindigul Government Hospital today detected a secondary abdominal pregnancy, technically known as Ectopic pregnancy, a rare case, and saved the mother after a critical surgery. A 33-week-old dead foetus weighing around 1.20 kg was removed. Now, the mother is in a good health condition.

Talking to mediapersons here, the Joint Director of Health Services, J. Amala Devi, said Seeniammal (34) of Karatupatti in the Vadamadurai union was admitted to the hospital yesterday. The doctors found that the foetus was outside the uterus. Three units of blood were given to the mother to increase the haemoglobin content in the blood, which was essential for performing the surgery.

A team consisting of C. Nisha, R. Prema, R. Rajendran and Kasthuri performed the critical surgery.

Ms. Devi said the patient had undergone a myomectomy operation for infertility in a private hospital in Palani town some years ago. The foetus could have come out and settled in the abdomen. Normally, such foetus would not survive for more than 14 weeks.

This was a rare case, which could happen one in 10,000 or 20,000 pregnancies. Such a case was detected in Madurai in the late 1970s.