OMG! India's first two-headed baby born in Rajasthan
Weighing about 2.5 kilos, the baby was the firstborn of the unsuspecting couple, who were unaware of the child's condition
Call it a miracle, a hand of destiny, or just plain strange if you will, but this child's birth may take you by complete surprise.
Born in the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Ajmer, Rajasthan, this baby came out with two heads! Yes, you read that right.
Weighing about 2.5 kilos, the baby was the firstborn of the unsuspecting couple, who were unaware of the child's condition. Once delivered, the doctors at the hospital even described him as a 'miracle.'
Speaking to the media about his 'miraculous' birth, Dr Jaiprakash Narayan, assistant professor, Paediatric Medicine Department, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, reportedly shared that almost everybody wanted to see this baby when they heard the news of his birth.
Born and delivered healthy
'A baby boy with two heads was born yesterday in a healthy state,' said Dr Narayan, adding that since it was the couple's firstborn they did not check with the doctor about the physical development of the baby inside the womb, assuming he/she was healthy.
'The mother completed her pregnancy full-term and was doing well post surgery but the baby suffered breathing issues,' he shared.
Why was the baby two-headed?
The doctors at the hospital explained that this one baby was actually conjoined twins with two spines and two fully-formed heads, but had only one lower body.
In fact, once delivered to his 20-year-old mother and 24-year-old father, the doctors even contemplated operating upon him, but found it to be too risky given the breathing difficulties.
"The operation is possible in some cases of conjoined twins but here it was nearly impossible," he said.
"Despite having two pairs of all of their internal organs they were all trapped in one body, with only one pair of arms and legs. You cannot separate such children," said Dr Narayan.
Continue reading to see what happened to the 'miracle' baby.
What happened to the baby?
Even though the baby weighed 2.5 kg and the doctors were hopeful he would survive. In fact, the young new parents even shared their intention of taking their son back home despite him having major breathing problems.
However, after just 32 hours into birth, sadly he died.
Understandably, the young couple are devastated with their loss. But this is not the first time a baby with a birth defect so severe was born in India.
A report in the The Indian Express stated that two in 100 Indian babies are born with congenital defects almost each year. The report of this 'miracle' baby was described at length in this video.
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