Couples who get married usually want to start having kids. Unfortunately, there are a few couples who are not lucky enough to be blessed with a child. Such is the fate of Estela Meléndez, a 91-year-old woman from La Boca in Navidad, Chile.
Accroding to Estela, she and her husband of 74 years, Manuel González tried to conceive. However, their attempts failed.
“We suffered tremendously because of this reason,” Meléndez said.
Sadly, Manuel, who made a living as a fisherman and a boater in the coastal town, died at the age of 91 in January.
Meanwhile, Estela became a widow and did not have anyone to take care for her except for her other relatives.
Recently, she decided to go to a doctor to get herself checked. For years, Estela has been complaining of a lump in her stomach.
Chilean doctors took X-rays of Estela and found the lump, which they initially believed to be a malignant tumor.
“I have the lump here,” Estela said in an interview while touching her belly. “The doctor said I had a tumor and that they needed to operate on me,” she added.
However, a second x-ray was ordered in order to confirm how big the tumor really is. The doctors were shocked when the second x-ray showed a body of an unborn baby.
All these years, six decades to be exact, Estela was actually carrying her own child which has now calcified inside her womb. Luckily, the doctors said that it won’t pose any threats to the old woman’s health.
“Can you imagine? More than 60 years!” said Luis Meléndez, the woman’s nephew. “I wonder how she never felt bad once the fetus died inside of her.”
Estela’s doctors on the other hand made the decision not to operate on her as it might be fatal due to her old age.
Even though Estela says that the lump hurts sometimes, she says it reminds her of her husband and their dreams of having a child in the past.
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