Miracle baby girl with two heads born in Bangladesh
13 November 2015, Nirapad News: An extraordinary two-headed baby girl has been delivered in a “miracle” birth in Bangladesh, medical officials said.
The baby, who was born late yesterday , is now being treated for breathing difficulties after she was shifted to the intensive care unit of the country’s largest hospital in Dhaka.
Thousands of people have reportedly flocked to the hospital in Brahmanbaria, east of Dhaka, where she was delivered by Caesarean section, to catch a glimpse of the newborn .
Her father Jamal Mia, a farm labourer, described being “awestruck” when he first saw his new baby.
He told AFP : “She has two fully developed heads. She is eating with two mouths and breathing with two noses,” he said.
“Still, I thank Allah that she and the mother are now okay.”
Jamal added that he was 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.
Abu Kawsar, owner of the Standard Hospital of Total Healthcare where the baby was born, 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,” he said.
He added that the hospital was inundated with visitors after news spread of the “miracle 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.
Because they share the same body and organs, it is not possible to separate dicephalic parapagus conjoined twins.
The birth of this type of conjoined twins – who develop after a fertilized egg cell fails to divide fully – is extremely rare, with most cases occurring in southwest Asia and Africa.
Last year, a baby with two heads was born to a mother in India, who was too poor to have an ultrasound during her pregnancy. However, the infants died after 20 days.
Another baby named Kiron was also born in Bangladesh with two heads in 2008, but later died.
There have been instances of dicephalic parapagus twins being born in the West.
In July 2009, Lisa Chamberlain, from Portsmouth, gave birth to twins Joshua and Jayden, who shared the same single body.
Joshua was stillborn while his brother lived for 32 minutes before dying in his mother’s arms.
And in the U.S. dicephalic parapagus twins Abigail and Brittany Hensel have become media celebrities, appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show and featuring in television documentaries.