Huang Yijun, a 92 year-old woman from southern China arguably has the record for the longest pregnancy ever… an astonishing 60 years! Of course, this is where the “arguably” comes in… she delivered a baby known as a lithopedion or ‘Stone Baby.’
Huang Yijun’s strange pregnancy began in 1948 when the baby she was carrying tragically died inside of her. Yijun told reporters that she didn’t have the money to have her fetus removed, so she simply did nothing at all about it and left it where it was.
Obviously, having a baby corpse inside of you isn’t healthy as it’s too large to reabsorb as some aborted pregnancies are, but the human body has a way of protecting itself and, over the next few years, Yijun’s body calcified the remains — actually coating it with a hard layer of calcium (like you would find in your bones) to contain and isolate the potential hazard from causing infection. Quite literally, the baby turned to stone.
Medically speaking, Yijun could have lived the rest of her life never having to worry about the lithopedion resting inside of her, but pain forced her to have the remains of the baby removed bringing an end to her 60 year pregnancy.