A baby in Sichuan province, China, has been born with two heads.
Doctors are referring to the genetic anomly as cojoined twins who share a sigle body, but to the casual observer it’s simply a two-headed baby.
The twins were born on Thursday at the Suining City Central
Hospital in Sichuan and weighed in at 9 pounds (4 kilograms). They (or it) measured
20 inches (51 centimetres).
The parents, migrant farmers,
did not learn of the abnormality until two days before the birth. They have since said they do not know how they will afford to care for their new arrival.
Two ultrasound scans failed to reveal the two heads during pregnancy
because the technicians were viewing the single embryo in profile.
Doctors did consider separating the babies, who have separate spines and
esophaguses but share major organs, but now say such a feat is almost impossible.
“It is hard to say how they will survive in the future but we will try
the best to keep them alive at the moment,” said Pu Youhua, a doctor
with Suining Hospital.
The pair have now been moved to a hospital in nearby Chongqing for further
Surely this puts pay to the old saying ‘two heads are better than one’.