A baby in India has been given a second chance at life, after surviving complicated surgery to remove an undeveloped second head, which was attached to her stomach.
The little girl, whose name has not been made publically available, was born with a ‘parasitic twin’ – remnants of a sibling that was attached to her body, after failing to separate into another baby in the early the stages of development.
Doctors decided surgery was required to give the little girl a chance at life.
Dr Pravin Marthur, of the JK Lone Hospital, in Jaipur, explained, ‘This is one of the rarest cases of parasitic twin.
‘The parents told us the mother had undergone sonography and other tests but were not told about carrying an underdeveloped twin.
‘They were shattered when they saw the baby. We had to convince them to give us a nod for the surgery to save their daughter's life.
‘After immediate consultation with a team of radiologist and support from assistant professors, we successfully removed the head from the viable child.’
We wish all the best to the family, after such a tough beginning for this little girl.