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Two headed baby born healthy in Brazil
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Two headed baby born healthy in Brazil

The baby has a single heart but two functioning brains.

Doctors in Brazil are unsure whether they can safely operate on a baby born with two heads.

“When doctors scanned her they realized that the baby had two heads and that a normal birth would be a great risk both for mother and baby,” hospital director Claudionor Assis de Vasconcelos told Brazil’s O Povo newspaper. “The caesarean took an hour because the baby was sitting down.”

The rare condition occurs when one of two conjoined twins fails to fully develop in the womb. The “twins”, named Jesus and Emanuel, have two brains, two backbones and a single heart.

The 4.5 kg baby was born by caesarean at daybreak on Monday in a small hospital in the northern state of Para and was rushed by plane to a better equipped hospital in the state capital Belem.

Doctor Neila Dahas, who is treating the newborn, said separating the heads would be impossible because he only has one set of organs.

“What we know statistically is that the children who undergo surgery and survive are the children who have less organs in common,” she said.

Other Two Headed Babies

These Brazilian conjoined twins are not the first. There is another story of conjoined twin babies, with a single body and two heads, who have been born to migrant farmers in China (Watch the video at the top of the post)

As incredible as it may seem, these human oddities are amazing survival stories. One of the best documented case is that of Abigail “Abby” Loraine Hensel .

The Hensel Twins

Abigail “Abby” Loraine Hensel and Brittany “Britty” Lee Hensel (born March 7, 1990) are dicephalic parapagus twins, meaning that they are conjoined twins of whom each has a separate head, but whose bodies are joined. They are highly symmetric, giving the appearance of having just a single body with little variation from normal proportion. In fact, several vital organs are doubled up, each twin having a separate heart, stomach, spine and spinal cord. You can see a video of their story at the top of the post.

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10 Comments to “Two headed baby born healthy in Brazil”
  1. How is that is possible!!!!!?????

    • Most identical twins are from a single fertilized egg which splits early on in the pregnancy. If twins are conjoined, this means the egg never fully split, then the rest of the body developed around the egg — so some twins will share bodies rather than heads while others may only be conjoined at one organ (like the brain, or liver, etc.). Hope I helped!

  2. OH MY GOOOOSHH !!!!??? THIS REALY ?????!!!!!

  3. I am curious to know if twins with same head have same thoughts?
    and same feelings and same IQ?

    • There is a pair of little girls, identical, conjoined at not the head but rather one enlarged brain. I saw them on an episode of “Anderson” (which you could find excerpts from online) and one likes ketchup, the other doesn’t; the mother gave one of the girls a taste of some ketchup, the one eating it smiled, and the second frowned in disgust. Also, if you tickle one, the other laughs as well. This proves that they do indeed share at least some senses, but not personality. About the IQ, though, last I heard, the girls were 4, so likely it’s too early to tell. I read that IQ is determined in the gene. I’d say it’s safe to assume they share similar intelligence.

  4. Edvard Zhabo says:

    Y’know… sex would have to be really awkward for them. Wouldn’t the un-engaged one also be fucking the other’s fiance?

  5. They actully look kind of cute. ;)

  6. Great article and the video on youtube is good too

  7. Aww poor babies, I feel sorry for them

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