Baby born with a ‘second head’ in India

Baby born with a ‘second head’ in India

Doctors saved a new born girl baby by removing her second head. She was born at a private hospital in Bhilwada in Rajasthan to a farmer. The second head was seem as a parasitic twin feeding on her blood system. The second head was complete with eyes, ears, nose, lips and a hand hanging from chest.
second headed baby
© thesun.co.uk
This was one of the rarest case of parasitic twin. It was very complicate to remove the head because the twin shared the blood vessels and his was common to both heart and lungs. The mother had an ultra sound and knew they were carrying twins but didn’t know it was parasitic twin. The baby had chance of catching septicemia.
parasitic twin
© ukmagazine.org
In a 4 hour long major surgery at JK Lone hospital Jaipur a team of doctors successfully detached the parasitic head from the infant. The hospital did not charged the family for any hospital or surgery costs. The baby is now recovering well and breastfed.
parasitic twin
© thesun.co.uk

Parasitic twinning occur when the twin embryo started developing in the uterus but both the pairs do not separated completely. One of the embryo came dominant over the other’s expense. It is not so easy to operate and separate such type. The chance of survival also will be unpredictable.