Woman has been carrying a foetus in her womb for the last 60 years

Woman has been pregnant for the last 60 years
Estela (Picture: CNN)

This is 91-year-old Estela Melendez.

Doctors treating Estela in La Boca, Chile, believed she had a huge tumour growing inside her stomach and sent her for an X-ray.

But after the X-ray medics discovered the large mass was actually a calcified foetus in her womb – which posed no health risk.Woman discovers she has carried fetus for over 60 years..CNNThe foetus (Picture: CNN)

Estela, who had no idea she had become pregnant, had been carrying the child for at least six decades.

‘The doctor said I had a tumour and that they needed to operate on me,’ she told CNN.

Woman discovers she has carried fetus for over 60 years..CNNEstela (Picture: CNN)

Estela had been married to her husband Manuel Gonzalez for 74 years but the couple had been unable to have children together.

She said they had both ‘suffered tremendously’. Manuel died in January aged 91.

Woman discovers she has carried fetus for over 60 years..CNNEstela and Manuel (Picture: CNN)

Since the discovery of the foetus, Estela has said she now considers it a reminder of the baby the pair longed for.

Doctors have decided not to remove the foetus as it is too risky operating on a woman of Estela’s age.

Woman discovers she has carried fetus for over 60 years..CNNEstela and Manuel (Picture: CNN)

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