18 September 2009Interestingly, this isn't the first time superfetation has been confirmed. Ame and Lia Herrity were born in 2007 and are a confirmed case of superfetation. But, the case that fascinates me the most is the birth of Harriet and Thomas Mullineux. Their case is proven beyond a shadow of a doubt due to extremely early ultrasounds because she thought she was miscarrying. The initial scan showed a sac with one healthy fetus and what appeared to be this fetus's twin which was being reabsorbed by the body. In addition, there was another small blob that looked like a sac being reabsorbed. When she went back two weeks later, both the existing fetus and the second sac had grown at appropriate rates for 2 weeks time and the second sac had a developing baby in it. In addition to these rare, million-to-one cases, there is a well documented superfetation hoax perpetrated by an Italian couple back in 2001.
To Whom It May Concern:
Mrs. Julia Grovenburg is pregnant with twins and there appears to be a discordant growth pattern, possibly due to superfetation. This is an unusual and rare condition, but the possibility is real. It can only be confirmed after delivery by chromosomal and metabolic studies on the babies. She was evaluated at UAMS in Little Rock for this condition and they confirmed the suspicion of superfetation.
Sincerely, M. Maylaert, M.D
Just when I thought I knew most things there are to know about our girly parts, I find out that - Yes, Virginia, women can ovulate more than once per cycle and a few rare women can get pregnant when they are already pregnant.
*The article/video provide additional details and is well worth reading.