A shocked mum has told of her horror after doctors discovered an enormous mass in her ovary that had been growing inside of her for 40 years.
Jenny Kavanagh initially visited doctors to have a contraceptive coil implanted, but after medics insisted on an ultrasound of her ovaries due to her age, they spotted a 10cm mass growing in her left ovary.
Worried experts even warned it could rupture and kill the 45-year-old, and later discovered it was her undeveloped unborn twin which had grown inside her from birth.
The discovery was complete with face, an eye, tooth, and long black hair like Jenny's.
Logistics officer Jenny, from Twickenham, London, said: "I feel very lucky that they found it and removed it before it killed me.
"I try not to think of it too much because I don't want to feel sad about it.
"If I'm honest, I did feel sad when I first saw it, because of the size and weight of it, it had already been likened to a baby.
"But I try not to feel sad about it. I try to remember that it had no heart and no brain. "And that it would have almost certainly killed me if they hadn't found it and removed it.
"But in one sense there was grief, mixed with happiness. "It was like a baby, but I was still glad it was out of me."
Her doctor assured her it was unlikely to be a cancerous tumour - and probably a teratoma or cyst - but Jenny was worried.
"I thought the worst," she said. He advised me it would have to come out regardless. "If it twisted or ruptured it could kill me."
After tests proved inconclusive, 11 days later Jenny when under the knife for a three-hour operation to remove the mass at The Mediterranean Hospital of Cyprus.
Doctors agreed to take a photo of the mass on her phone and showed her it when she came around, explaining it was a mass of cells which had been inside her since birth.
When she looked at the snaps she was shocked to see long strands of dark hair, just like hers.
"The whole thing was so surreal I think I needed to see them to get my head around it all," she said.