The One About a Spare Cerebellum

Fight: Mikasa awakens ― Detail of frame from Attack on Titan episode 6, 'The World the Girl Saw: The Struggle for Trost, Part 2'.

This is … er … a lede:

Here’s a horrifying little story to kick off your weekend: A 16-year-old girl in Japan recently had a tumor surgically removed from her ovary — and when her doctors split it open, they found a tiny brain growing inside.

Or, you know, as the headline from Science of Us explained, “Doctors Found a Tiny Second Brain Growing Inside This Woman’s Tumor”.

Creepy, yes.

Unique, no.

The patient, who’s since made a full recovery, didn’t show any symptoms from the tumor (doctors just happened to notice it during an otherwise normal appendectomy). But if you thought, “Hey, I bet things can get a little weird when you have a tiny second brain inside your body,” oh boy, would you be correct ....

But come on. How often do you get to say you found a spare cerebellum?

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Romm, Cari. “Doctors Found a Tiny Second Brain Growing Inside This Woman’s Tumor”. Science of Us. 6 January 2017.

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