|A baby with two heads has been born in Bangladesh. The child, which is actually conjoined twin sisters who share a single body, two arms and two legs, was delivered by Caesarean late last night|
A baby with two heads has been born in Bangladesh. The child, which is actually conjoined twin sisters who share a single body, two arms and two legs, was delivered by Caesarean late last night, according to officials.
Born in the Brahmanbaria district, she is now being treated for breathing difficulties at the intensive care unit of the country's largest hospital in Dhaka. Her father, Mia Jamal, said he was 'awestruck' when he saw his her. He said: 'She has two fully developed heads. She is eating with two mouths and breathing with two noses. 'Still, I thank Allah that she and the mother are now OK,' he told the news agency AFP.
|Last year, two conjoined twins were born with one body and two heads in India. They later died, after battling to survive for a remarkable 20 days|
Tests have shown the child has only one set of vital organs, said Abu Kawsar, owner of the Standard Hospital of Total Healthcare where the baby was born. He said: 'Except for having two heads, the newborn has the rest of her organs and limbs like a normal newborn'. It may be that the child has a condition known as dicephalic parapagus - an extremely unusual form of twin conjoinment where only a single body develops.
This is a rare phenomenon, occurring 1 in 50,000 to 100,000 births, according to the Journal of Family and Reproductive Health. However, 60 per cent are stillborn or die shortly after.