2-headed Baby Brazil
December 22, 2011 by staff
2-headed Baby Brazil, A Brazilian woman has given birth to a two-headed baby boy and doctors say the newborn appears to be in good health. Maria de Nazare has decided to name the pair, who share a heart, lungs, liver and pelvis, Emanoel and Jesus.
De Nazare was expecting twins and only found out about the two-headed child minutes before doctors advised her to have a caesarean birth in order to save both her life and that of her baby. Along with two heads, the 9.9 pound newborns have separate spines.
In some two-headed births where one brain is less developed, one head is removed in order to save the child’s life. But rarer cases like this one, where there are two functioning brains, complicates the decision making process for doctors.
“If both their brains are functioning, how are we going to choose which head to remove?” said Neila Dahas, director of the Santa Casa hospital. “We are not considering the possibility of surgery. What we’ve got to think about at this moment is to maintain the children in good condition and see how they will develop.”
Conjoined twins sharing a body, but with separate heads, are extremely rare but not without precedent. This is the second such birth in Brazil this year. However, the other child died after a few hours because of a lack of oxygen to one of the child’s heads. There have been at least 14 dicephalic conjoined twins born over the past 200 years.
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