Believe It or Not!
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.
“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)
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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