Baby born with long tail leaves doctors baffled

But luckily an ultrasound scan confirmed that it wasn't attached to the child's nervous system.
Baby born with long tail leaves doctors baffled
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Doctors at Albert Sabin Children's Hospital in Fortaleza, Brazil, were left baffled after a baby was born with a bizarre 12cm tail from its bottom with a flesh ball attached on the end.

The baby is one of just 40 recorded to ever be born with a true human tail.

Medics have surgically removed both the 'chain and ball,' which was only spotted after he was born.

The birth and the subsequent surgery have since been logged in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports, which explains how the 'rare congenital anomaly' came to be.

It's believed that we all had a tail when we were in the womb but it is usually reabsorbed into the body a few weeks after gestation.

Doctors say this is one of the incredibly rare instances that the tail had continued to grow.

The child was born prematurely at 35 weeks in January this year, but no complication was found except the tail - which wasn't picked up by tests before the birth.

But luckily an ultrasound scan confirmed that it wasn't attached to the child's nervous system.

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