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12-21-2011, 06:43 PM
From FoxNews.com:

ANAJAS, Brazil – A baby boy with two perfectly formed heads was born in Brazil (http://www.foxnews.com/topics/brazil.htm#r_src=ramp) this week, the country's media reported.

The 10.1-pound baby was delivered by emergency C-section early Monday in Anajas, in the northeastern Para State.

The baby's 23-year-old Brazilian mother was admitted to the Hospital Municipal de Anajas in severe pain, Diario do Para reported.

She did not have any ultrasound exams during her pregnancy and was made aware of the baby's condition only a few moments before the birth.

The infant shares one heart and one set of vital organs, but both heads have started nursing normally, doctors told the media.

Joseph Brazil, the obstetrician responsible for the delivery, said the child has "an amazing appetite."

"Despite all the problems we have as a small interior hospital we managed to save both mother and baby, which was our aim," the hospital's director, Claudionor Assis de Vasconcelos, told reporters.

"And for us, it was a great surprise to find out that the child was in really good health," she added.

The baby's mother, who has other children, has bonded well with her newborn and wanted to take the child home straightaway, she added.

However, the mother and baby were taken Wednesday by air ambulance to the city of Belem so doctors could carry out further tests.

Neila Dahas, obstetrician and gynecologist at the Santa Casa de Misericordia Hospital, said the baby was born with two heads as a result of "a delay in the division of the egg."

"I want her [the mother] to understand that she does not have a monstrous son, a son with two heads, but she has two sons."
The mother named them Emanoel and Jesus.

Dahas said that it "would be absolutely impossible" to separate the two heads as their body shares a liver, heart, lungs and pelvis.

This is the second case of a two-headed baby being born in northeastern Brazil this year.

Sueli Ferreira, 27, gave birth to a child with two heads in Campina in Paraiba state but the baby died a few hours later because of lack of oxygen to one of the heads.

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County Mike
12-21-2011, 07:22 PM

Miss Foxy
12-21-2011, 08:25 PM
Poor baby.. :cry:

12-23-2011, 03:36 PM

Brazilian doctors said the conjoined twins born with one body and two heads will not be surgically separated at this time, Agence France-Presse reported.

Jesus and Emanuel were delivered by emergency C-section early Monday in Anajas, in the northeastern Para State in Brazil (http://www.foxnews.com/topics/brazil.htm#r_src=ramp). They are in stable condition.

The twins have two functioning brains and two distinct spinal cords and share several internal organs, doctors said.

“It is impossible to take a decision with relation to surgery, not only because of physical reasons, but ethical ones as well,” Dr. Neila Dahas of the Santa Casa de Misericordia Hospital said. "It's important to understand that this is two babies and not one baby with two heads.”

The babies were joined together because of a “delay in cellular division,” according to the hospital. It is a condition known as dicephalic parapagus, which is very rare.

Abby and Brittany Hensel of Minnesota are also dicephalic parapagus twins, born in 1990. They lead a ‘normal' life and have become somewhat famous after they appeared in a documentary in 2008.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/12/23/docs-no-surgery-for-twins-with-2-heads-1-body/#ixzz1hN9r6mpm

County Mike
12-24-2011, 02:11 PM
That's really sad.