Mohd Zul Shahril Saidin,aged 15,from Maylasia,reported to doctors with a stomach complaint,only to be told for the last 15 years he had been carrying
around,inside his parasitic twin.
Mohd had an unborn twin complete with hair, legs, hands and genitals, taken out of his stomach after an operation.
It is Malaysia first case of the rare condition known as foetus in fetu.
Foetus in fetu is a developmental abnormality in which a mass of tissue resembling fetus forms inside the body .The enveloped twin becomes a
‘parasite’,its survival is dependent, totally on the other twin . The parasitic twin is normally lacking in some organs and cannot survive on
their own. Most cases the second twin will die before birth.
Mohd and his "twin" are not the only case of foetus in fetu in recent history.
Sanju Bhagat of Nagpur,India made headlines in 1999 after at the age of 36 had a parasitic twin removed The had lived for so long it had connected
directly to his blood supply.
In September 2011, a 41-year-old man in Arjawinangun Public Hospital Indonesia was diagnosed with a tumor in his abdomen. An operation was performed
which revealed the suspected tumor to actually be a fetus.
If we go back further in time then we can talk about the strange and dark case of Edward Modrake.
He was said the heir to an unspecified British peerage in the mid-19th century,sort of British Nobility.He was said to have had a fully formed second
face on the back of his head,not only that ,it is claimed by Modrake that the extra face could speak to him.
Not much is known about Modrake,the only reference we have to him is from the book Anomalies and curiosities of medicine (1900), by George M.
Here is the relevant text.
One of the weirdest as well as most melancholy stories of human deformity is that of Edward Mordake, said to have been heir to one of the noblest
peerages in England. He never claimed the title, however, and committed suicide in his twenty-third year. He lived in complete seclusion, refusing the
visits even of the members of his own family. He was a young man of fine attainments, a profound scholar, and a musician of rare ability. His figure
was remarkable for its grace, and his face — that is to say, his natural face — was that of an Antinous. But upon the back of his head was another
face, that of a beautiful girl, ‘lovely as a dream, hideous as a devil’. The female face was a mere mask, ‘occupying only a small portion of the
posterior part of the skull, yet exhibiting every sign of intelligence, of a malignant sort, however’. It would be been seen to smile and sneer
while Mordake was weeping. The eyes would follow the movements of the spectator, and the lips ‘would gibber without ceasing’. No voice was
audible, but Mordake avers that he was kept from his rest at night by the hateful whispers of his ‘devil twin’, as he called it, ‘which never
sleeps, but talks to me forever of such things as they only speak of in Hell. No imagination can conceive the dreadful temptations it sets before me.
For some unforgiven wickedness of my forefathers I am knit to this fiend — for a fiend it surely is. I beg and beseech you to crush it out of human
semblance, even if I die for it.’ Such were the words of the hapless Mordake to Manvers and Treadwell, his physicians. In spite of careful watching,
he managed to procure poison, whereof he died, leaving a letter requesting that the ‘demon face’ might be destroyed before his burial, ‘lest it
continues its dreadful whisperings in my grave.’ At his own request he was interred in a waste place, without stone or legend to mark his
I find the fact that little trace of any records can found on him suspicious considering the fact that he is said to be of the nobility,but that said
his story lives on and with cases like the above it may only be matter of time before a new Modrake is born,with an evil second face that whispers
about such things as they only speak of in Hell.