Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)
THE BOY WITH TWO HEADS
A pair of conjoined twins have been born in India with two heads but just one body. The boys’ heads, nervous systems and backbones are separate. The backbones are joined below the pelvis and they share a rib cage and shoulder girdle.
Doctors say they believe they can save the lives of the boys who were born in Jaipur, Rajasthan, on Wednesday.
Dr. S.D. Sharma, medical superintendent of J.K. Lone Hospital, said that such cases are very rare, especially in boys and are known as Dicephalic Parapagus. He added that this is the first case in Rajasthan and second in India.
Most of the time, children that are Dicephalic Parapagus are born dead and, in the vast majority of cases, are girls, reports CBS. But doctors are hoping they can help the boy.
Another famous case of conjoined dicephalic parapagus twins are Americans Abigail and Brittany Hensel, whose story was featured on the TLC reality TV series Abby & Brittany.
Earlier in September 2011, two 11-month-old girls from Sudan joined at the top of their heads were successfully separated at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
The girls, from Sudan, were craniopagus twins, which occurs in about one in 2.5 million births.
The infants were born with the tops of their heads fused – an extremely rare condition that only one in ten million survive.
Conjoined twins occur in about one in 100,000 births.
They develop when one fertilised egg fails to separate fully, or the egg separates and then fuses together again inside the womb.