Man Without Qualities

Monday, November 04, 2002

From Time To Time

In 1555 Queen Mary I of England ("Bloody Mary"), daughter of Henry VIII, announced that she was pregnant and that the baby was due in June 1555. In fact, Mary probably had cancer of the womb which she mistook for her pregnancy. Mary probably died from her womb cancer.

In 2002 Colombian doctors removed a 26-pound cancerous tumor from a 15-year-old girl after her parents took her to the hospital believing she was pregnant. After a three-hour surgery Thursday, doctors removed the tumor and the girl's right ovary. Doctors said the girl has a life expectancy of between 12 to 36 more months because the cancer seems to have spread to other parts of her body.

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