July 29th, 2014

Woman who couldn't afford ultrasound gives birth to two-headed baby

Daily WorldBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh

A mother, who couldn’t afford an ultrasound, has just given birth to a baby with two heads.

The two headed infant has two necks and two separate spines but only one body, so is sharing most vital organs.  

The female baby is fighting to stay alive but is not expected to survive.

The infant’s 28-year-old mother Urmila Sharma gave birth via C-section at Sonipat's Cygnus JK Hindu Hospital in Haryana, India, on Wednesday.

The baby weighed 7lb 7oz at birth.

Dr Shikha Malik, who delivered the child, told the Daily Mail:

“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.

"Now the baby is born we will do our best to save her and we hope to operate once her condition is more stable."

The doctor told reporters that “The parents are very distressed and we are helping the family the best we can."

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.