Mónica Vega had an ultrasound that revealed something startling.
In Mónica Vega's case, when she was seven months pregnant, an ultrasound found two umbilical cords. One connected baby Itzmara to her mother, and another one connected Itzmara to a mass that was growing inside of her.
The decision was made to deliver Itzmara early via cesarean section.
Dr. Miguel Parra, an expert in high-risk pregnancies, and Mónica made the decision to deliver the baby at 37 weeks via cesarean section when it was discovered that Itzmara had a parasitic twin growing in her abdomen. The worry was that the parasitic twin could keep growing inside of Itzmara and damage her internal organs.
Itzmara was only 24 hours old when she had to have surgery.
As you can imagine, performing a C-section on a baby born at 37 weeks who is only 24 hours old is very risky. Fortunately, Itzmara is a trooper and was in capable hands. She came out of surgery and is doing well.
There was a similar case in Honduras in 2018.
In December 2018, hospital spokesman Miguel Osorio announced that Hospital Gabriela Alvarado de Danlí-El Paraíso had the first birth of a parasitic twin in 25 years. In that case, the parasitic twin had developed half of its body outside of the fully developed twin. Can you imagine? That sweet little newborn also had to have a very complicated surgery to remove what would have been a twin sibling.