Pregnancy marred by foreign body

SunLive 12 November 2014
The discovery of a foreign body in the womb of a pregnant Tauranga woman had doctors wondering what the 24mm long, white object was.

Emma and her partner had been trying for a baby for eight years, and news of the foreign object turned an exciting time into a “horrible pregnancy”.

Emma says she was worried the whole time that she would lose her baby.

An ultrasound at six weeks revealed a healthy foetus but also in Emma’s womb was what doctor’s thought at the time was a piece of metal or dense plastic.

The object also dislodged during the birth and was sent away for testing. It was later revealed to be a calcified bone fragment of either a foetal femur or thigh bone.

The size of the bone matched the gestation of the pregnancy Emma terminated when she was 15, almost 17 years ago.

One in 1000 women who have terminated a pregnancy are found to be infertile with calcified remnants.

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