According to a New York Daily News report, a woman in India has given birth to a baby with two heads. Citing multiple reports, the Daily News notes that Urmila Sharma was unable to pay for an ultrasound and, as a result, wasn’t aware that she was carrying conjoined twins.
“Yes this report is perfectly true that we have delivered a female baby having two heads,” Dr. Ashish Sehgal, the CEO of Cygnus JK Hindu Hospital, told ABCNews.com via email. “She is presently alive and healthy.”
According to Sehgal, Sharma gave birth on Wednesday by C-section. The conjoined twins weighed 5.3 pounds.
The University of Maryland Medical Center notes that births of conjoined twins are rare. Conjoined twins occur once every 200,000 live births. Sadly, about 40 to 60 percent of conjoined twins arrive stillborn, and approximately 35 percent survive only one day.
Not all stories about conjoined twins end at the hospital. Abby and Brittany Hensel, for example, are conjoined twins living in Minnesota (they were 22 years old when their TLC show “Abby and Brittany” debuted in August 2012). According to Zap2it, Abby controls the right side of the body while Brittany controls the left.
Child was born yesterday in northern India via C-section weighing 7lbs 7oz
Has two heads, two necks and two spines but only one body
Parents had been unaware of complications as too poor to have ultrasound
Doctors now fear the baby girl, yet to be named, has slim chance of survival
A baby with two heads has been born to a woman in India after she was too poor to have an ultrasound during her pregnancy.
Urmila Sharma, 28, gave birth to conjoined twins at Cygnus JK Hindu Hospital in Sonipat, Haryana, in northern India, yesterday morning.
The baby, born via C-section and weighing 7lbs 7oz, has two heads, two necks and two spines but only one body.
‘Now the baby is born we will do our best to save her and we hope to operate once her condition is more stable.’
Conjoined twins who share a single body have dicephalic parapagus - an extremely unusual form of conjoinment.
Because they share the same body, it is not possible to separate dicephalic parapagus twins.
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