Baby with two heads was born to an Indian mother, who couldn’t afford ultrasound to check for complications. The 28 year old mother, Urmila Sharma gave birth to conjoined twins at Cygnus JK Hindu Hospital in Sonipat, Haryana, in northern India, yesterday morning.
The neonate, weighing around 7lbs 7oz, was born via C-section. The baby girl has two heads, two necks and two spines but a single body.
She is fighting to stay alive in the neonatal intensive care and doctors worry she may not make it. Dr. Shikha Malik, who delivered the baby told the Daily Mail: “The parents are very distressed and we are helping the family the best we can.”
Urmila and her husband Subhash, 32, were reportedly too poor to have an ultrasound during the pregnancy so didn’t notice their babies hadn’t completely separated. Dr Malik said: “We only came to know she was carrying conjoined twins after an ultrasound two weeks ago but it was too late to do anything by then. Now the baby is born we will do our best to save her and we hope to operate once her condition is more stable.”
It would not be possible to separate the twins because they share the same body. This unusual form of conjoinment is scientifically termed dicephalic parapagus.