She was pregnant when she died, she gave birth in her grave

In their research in Italy, these archaeologists did not expect what they would discover. After this did a lot of research, they discovered a tomb. What amazed her the most, however, was the body of a woman inside.

A dead man with a fetus between his legs

The story took place in 2010. After excavations in Italy, archaeologists made a great discovery at Imola, near Bologna. They found a medieval tomb from the 7th-8th century AD.

The most fascinating thing is that this tomb contained the body of a woman. She had a hole in her skull and what was left of ita fetus between her legs. A discovery that has raised many questions among researchers.

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After several years of thorough investigation, they found out the answer to their questions. In 2018, researchers from the Universities of Ferrara and Bologna published the results of their study in the journal World Neurosurgery.

The woman who lies in the tomb had between 25 and 30 years. She died when she was about eight months pregnant. From the fetus found in the grave between her legs, they were able to determine the number of months.

Otherwise, disposal of remains of the baby had indicated that the woman would give birth soon. The upper part was under the pelvic cavity, and the lower part was still inside.

So the baby is from his body while she lay in the grave. A rare phenomenon called “birth coffin” or “postmortem fetal expulsion”.

The cause of his death

This very rare case is caused by the gas produced by the normal decomposition of the corpse. In fact, the human body produces after death a gas that causes swelling which compresses the uterus and pushes it out of the body.

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And when the uterus contains a fetus, it can be expelled from the body, which is similar to childbirth. And even in the grave. Nowadays we don’t encounter this kind of cases anymore because the practice of embalming.

A technique that preserves the body of the deceased natural decomposition. It consists of injecting formulated biocidal solutions into the body. After discovering the answer on the fetus, the researchers looked at the hole in its skull.

It was a circular hole of about 5mm caused by trepanation. An operation to access the brain and remove a tumor. According to the researchers, she would have been trepanned because she suffered from preeclampsia.

This disease is characterized by the occurrence of seizures caused by high blood pressure in pregnant women. Archaeologists then thought it was eclampsia that caused the woman’s death. In addition, it was the cause of several maternal deaths in the Middle Ages.

“Given the characteristics of the wound and the late pregnancy, our hypothesis is that the pregnant woman had eclampsia and was then treated with frontal trepanation to reduce intracranial pressure,” the researchers explained in retrospect.

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Unfortunately, the trepanation of the woman could not help, and she died a week later have undergone the operation.

She carried a petrified fetus for half her life

When the deceased’s fetus was pushed out, that woman’s remained petrified in her body for almost 40 years. This Bogota-based woman was 84 years old when she made an incredible discovery.

After suffering for several weeks from a headache and severe diarrhea, his relatives decided to take him to the hospital. Once there, the doctor asked the old lady for an X-ray.

After this X-ray, they discovered that she was carrying a fetus “petrified” 32 weeks gestation. It was actually a lithopedion. That is some kind of ectopic pregnancy which is not recognized by the woman as there are no symptoms present.

Because of this, the fetus begins to petrify and tries protect against bacteria under a layer of lime. This gives it a fossil effect.

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