While the occurrence of twins who are conjoined is rare, dicephalic parapagus twins are among the rarest with the babies sharing one body.
This week it was reported that doctors at a Bangladesh hospital are looking after a baby girl who was born with two heads.
The baby is currently being treated for breathing difficulties at Dhaka’s largest hospital after she was born late Wednesday.
“When I saw my baby, I was awestruck. She has two fully developed heads. She is eating with two mouths and breathing with two noses,” her father, Jamal Mia, said.
“Still, I thank Allah that she and the mother are now okay.”
Doctors at the Standard Hospital of Total Healthcare, where the baby was born by Cesarean section, said initial tests showed she only has one set of vital organs.
“Except for having two heads, the newborn has the rest of her organs and limbs like a normal newborn,” Abu Kawsar, owner of the Hospital said.
Thousands of people thronged the hospital in Brahmanbaria after news spread of the “miracle newborn”.
“The entire town poured into the clinic. There were thousands of people with some of them coming from the nearby villages,” he said. “It’s good that the baby has been shifted to Dhaka. Otherwise, it would have been difficult for us to control the crowd.”
The couple, who are farmers , are concerned about how he would manage to care for the baby if extra expenses were needed.
“I feel sad for her. She has been born to a poor man. I don’t have money to even properly treat her mother,” he said.