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Infant Brain Tumor Contained Tiny Foot

By: Associated Press/KKTV
By: Associated Press/KKTV

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

Dr. Paul Grabb says he operated on Sam Esquibel at Memorial Hospital for Children after an MRI showed a microscopic tumor on the newborn's brain. Sam was 3 days old.

Grabb says 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 called the discovery "borderline unheard of."

Grabb isn't sure what caused the growth but says it may have been a type of congenital brain tumor or a case of "fetus in fetu," in which a fetal twin begins to form within another.

Sam's parents, Tiffnie and Manuel Esquibel, say their son is at home and has mostly recovered from the Oct. 3 surgery.


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