By Taniya Dutta
Extremely rare Siamese twins born with two heads and sharing same torso but different pair of heart and lungs died just 24-hours after birth in India.
The unnamed twins weighing 3.7 kilogram were fused from the torso and shared a common liver and a pair of limbs but had separate lungs and hearts.
They were born by C-section to a 32-year-old woman, who wished to remain anonymous in fear of being shunned, at Swami Ramanand Tirth government hospital in Beed in Maharashtra in western India on Sunday, October 29.
The malformation was only found in 32nd week of gestation when the woman and her husband went for ultrasound.
Dr Sanjay Bansode, head of the Gynaecology Department, said the twins were born in healthy condition but were ruled out chances of their survival.
“The babies were a case of Dicephalic Parapagus or two-headed twins are often stillborn.
“It is extremely rare and happens just one in a lakh and chances of dicephalic parapagus twins are of around 10% of such births.
“Their condition was very critical and they were put on ventilator support. However, a day after birth they died.”
The poor couple, who are already parents to three daughters and a son, were shocked to find their newborn had two heads and pleaded doctors to save him but doctors said the case was too complicated.
“They were extremely poor and were nervous after the child’s birth. The mother did not know she was carrying conjoined twins until the 32nd week of pregnancy.
“They asked us to do anything to save the babies but such kids do not survive. There is no possibility of surgery either as they share most of their body parts and in this case had just one pair of limbs,” the doctor added.