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3/16/2014 (1 year ago)

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Mother was too poor to afford ultrasound pictures

In India, a baby girl has been born with two perfectly formed heads. Authorities here say that her family - a mother, father and a sister, were far too poor to afford ultrasound in order to detect irregularities before she was born.

Conjoined twins who share a single body have dicephalic parapagus - an extremely unusual form of conjoinment.

Conjoined twins who share a single body have dicephalic parapagus - an extremely unusual form of conjoinment.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/16/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: India, two heads, ultrasound


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The mother, 28-year-old Urmila Sharma gave birth to the conjoined twins at Cygnus JK Hindu Hospital in Sonipat, Haryana, in northern India, last week.

The baby, born via C-section and weighing 7lbs 7oz, has two heads, two necks and two spines -- but shares one body. Not yet named, the baby girl is under close observation in the neonatal intensive care unit. Doctors fear her chances of survival are slim.

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"The parents are very distressed and we are helping the family the best we can," Dr. Shikha Malik, who delivered the baby, said.
 
Urmila and her 32-year-old husband Subhash say they were too poor to have an ultrasound during the pregnancy so complications had gone unnoticed.Perhaps early detection could have helped with intrauterine surgical assistance. Sadly, of course, ultrasound is also used by some to take the life of disabled children in the womb.

"We only came to know she was carrying conjoined twins after an ultrasound two weeks ago but it was too late to do anything by then," the doctor says.
 
"Now the baby is born we will do our best to save her and we hope to operate once her condition is more stable."

Conjoined twins who share a single body have dicephalic parapagus - an extremely unusual form of conjoinment.

Because they share the same body, it is not possible to separate dicephalic parapagus twins.

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