Indian baby is born with an additional head attached to its stomach
News by Meenakshi Chauhan Sharma
Indian doctors have given a new lease of life to a baby girl who was born with a head attached to her stomach.They managed to remove the appendage of her parasitic twin in a complicated four-hour operation at JK Lone Hospital, in Jaipur.It was feeding off of her blood supply – depriving her of vital nutrients needed for her healthy development, surgeons said.As well as being born with an extra head, which had no ears and eyes due to being partly developed, the infant also had a third hand. An unnamed 21-year-old woman presented herself to doctors at the Ram Snehi Hospital, in Jahazpur(Bhilwara) after experiencing pain during her pregnancy.She was immediately referred for a sonography scan and an ultrasound and were told that she was carrying twins – but were unaware they would be parasitic.Unlike conjoined twins, one is incompletely formed or wholly dependent on some bodily functions of the complete foetus. Cases of parasitic twins are rare and believed to account for just one per one million live births, according to medical literature.Dr Vijiyeta Garg, a gynaecologist who looked after the woman, assured the family that both mother and child could be saved.However, her 24-year-old husband, who works as a farmer, insisted that her life was a priority and the baby should come second,The operation on April 26 proved to be a success – despite the young couple believing they would lose their first child, local reports suggest.Dr Pravin Marthur, of the hospital’s paediatric unit, said: ‘This is one of the rarest cases of parasitic twin.The parents told us the mother had undergone sonography and other tests but were not told about carrying an underdeveloped twin.They were shattered when they saw the baby. We had to convince them to give us a nod for the surgery to save their daughter’s life. The baby is recovering well and is being breastfed and will be discharged later this week.
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