A rare, two headed baby, was born alive in Brazil and is expected to survive. The mother, Maria de Nazare, gave birth by caesarean in an Anajas hospital to her newborn, who weighs a very healthy 9.9 lbs, and is suckling normally.
This Brazilian mother was expecting to have twins when she arrived to the hospital, and, despite having the ultra-sound throughout the pregnancy, was not told that her baby, Emanoel and Jesus, was in fact a conjoined twin.
This condition is known as dicephalic parapagus and it is extremely rare and usually results in death od one of the other twins who share a spinal cord and major organs, but in this case they have separate heads and individual brains making it easier for them to actually survive.
The last successful birth of a two-headed baby was in 1990, in the US, when Abigail and Brittany Hensel survived birth and continue thrive today. They have become somewhat of a media darling and have show in many TV shows and are subjects of many documentaries and news reports.
It remains to be seen what the ongoing health of the Brazilian conjoined twins will be but doctor are optimistic that these two will be able to live a life as normal as possible and that the media attention and government assistance will ensure that these twins have the chance to a live into adulthood.
Published in: Family