Tumor In Newborn's Brain Contained Foot

A pediatric neurosurgeon says a tumor he removed from the brain of a Colorado infant contained a tiny foot and other partially formed body parts.

Dr. Paul Grabb says he operated on Sam Esquibel at a Colorado
Springs hospital after an MRI showed a microscopic tumor on his
brain. Sam was 3 days old and otherwise healthy.

Grabb said that while removing the growth, he discovered it
contained a nearly perfect foot and the formation of another foot,
a hand and a thigh.

He says it looked like "the breach delivery of a baby, coming
out of the brain." He says it's "borderline unheard of."

The surgeon isn't sure what caused the growth. He says it could
have been a type of congenital brain tumor or a case of a fetal
twin beginning to form within another. But he says those cases very
rarely occur in the brain.


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  • by Sarah Location: GOldsboro on Dec 20, 2008 at 07:49 PM
    WOW from me too... GOD was directing that surgeon.. A lot of research could come from this info.... Is this were tumors originate.. at birth.. ?? Wondering.. I am not in the medical field.. but do a lot of reading in this area.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Dec 19, 2008 at 10:26 PM
    This momma and baby need a lot of prayer. I'm sure momma feels absolutely helpless, here is her newborn baby wrapped in tubes with a headache and a monster scar...and the baby try to adjust being outside the womb, then go into surgery and now in some kind of pain. Anyone who has had surgery know you're never pain-free when its over with. God Speed...Jesus we pray you heal this baby as fast as you can, keep momma strong and in her right mind so she can take baby Sam home in a few weeks. AMEN
  • by blessings on Dec 19, 2008 at 07:35 AM
    wow!! this surgeon and group of doctors are amazing.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 19, 2008 at 05:03 AM
    He could see all of that in a microscopic tumor?
  • by me Location: nc on Dec 19, 2008 at 05:02 AM
    AMAZING
  • by Chastity Location: Greenville on Dec 19, 2008 at 04:17 AM
    Oh my goodness! I am glad they found the other baby growing in this lil baby's brain. What made you guys check his brain? Was the baby having some kind of diffecalties with something? Not a hole lot of info here. I hope that, that lil angel is going to be ok. Our prayers are with the family! May god bless you and your blessing that god has givin you.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 18, 2008 at 09:33 PM
    wow. there were a lot of body parts in that microscopic tumor.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 18, 2008 at 07:36 PM
    Is the baby going to be okay?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 18, 2008 at 06:44 PM
    wow...
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