Human appendages found in newborn's brain.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Brain tumors (Diagnosis)
Brain tumors (Care and treatment)
Brain tumors (Research)
Appendages (Animal anatomy) (Physiological aspects)
Appendages (Animal anatomy) (Research)
Ultrasonics in medicine (Usage)
Ultrasonics in medicine (Health aspects)
Infants (Newborn) (Health aspects)
Pub Date: 03/22/2009
Publication: Name: Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association Publisher: American Psychotherapy Association Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 American Psychotherapy Association ISSN: 1535-4075
Issue: Date: Spring, 2009 Source Volume: 12 Source Issue: 1
Topic: Event Code: 310 Science & research Canadian Subject Form: Brain tumours; Brain tumours; Brain tumours
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 218027807

Sam Esquilbel is a miracle baby, in more than one respect. Sam was born October 1,2008, to parents who had recently given up hope of having a child after years of trying to conceive. More remarkable, however, is the life-threatening surgery Sam underwent when he was just 3 days old.

An ultrasound of the newborn at the Colorado Springs children's hospital revealed what appeared to be a tumor in the brain. Doctors prepared for what they assumed would be a routine surgery, but were met instead with medical history.

Pediatric surgeon Dr. Paul Grabb discovered various parts including a human foot, hand, thigh, and intestinal pieces within the infant's brain. Grabb remarked, "I've never seen anything like it before. It looked like the breach delivery of a baby coming out of the brain."

Congenital brain tumors (Teratoma) composed of hair or teeth are not uncommon, but the foreign tissues that composed these tumors have never been as complex as fully developed appendages. Other experts speculate the growths could have stemmed from the extremely rare Fetus in Fetu abnormality where a fetal twin actually grows within a developing fetus.

The infant is recovering remarkably well from the operation, showing only some visual processing problems and weakness on one side of his body. The puzzling case may read like a tabloid story, but its unprecedented surgery gives one grateful mother a miracle and offers scientists a new facet to consider in researching neuroscience abnormalities.

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