A man who looked heavily pregnant thanks to his protruding belly found out he actually had a twin living inside him for 36 years.
Sanju Bhagat developed what looked like severe bloating and was nicknamed the "pregnant man" by his community in Nagpur, India.
As a child, Bhagat appeared to be fit and healthy despite boasting a slightly more prominent stomach than most kids.
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It wasn't until he reached his 20s and was working on a farm every day to feed his family that his tummy ballooned to an alarming size.
Bhagat, who was struggling to make ends meet, ignored the swelling to carry on working and put up with the teasing from his peers as well as his family's concern.
But in 1999, when the bulge pressed against his diaphragm and made it difficult for him to breathe, he was finally rushed to hospital in Mumbai.
Dr Ajay Mehta, who saw to Bhagat's treatment, immediately assumed the man was suffering from a tumour after a first glance.
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However, as the doctor cut open Bhagat's stomach and reached inside to retrieve what he believed would be a large cancer, he instead discovered a human being.
"He just put his hand inside and he said there are a lot of bones inside," said a doctor, according to History Defined.
"First, one limb came out, then another limb came out. Then some part of genitalia, then some part of hair, some limbs, jaws, limbs, hair.
"We were horrified. We were confused and amazed… To my surprise and horror, I could shake hands with somebody inside. It was a bit shocking for me."
While astounded doctors initially thought Bhagat's bizarre case was an example of "vanishing twin syndrome" – meaning his twin died during pregnancy before being reabsorbed – it has since been found to be a case of "fetus in fetu".
This is a very rare condition estimated to occur in just one in every 500,000 live births and occurs when one twin is born inside the other.
After the birth, the unborn twin lives like a parasite off of its sibling – although typically the "host" twin would realise something was wrong much quicker than Bhagat.
The farm worker reportedly "refused to look at" the "lump of hair and flesh", as his twin was described, and he has since reportedly tried to move on with his life, having returned to his job, seemingly unharmed.
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